Book Review

I know that I haven’t been very active on here recently but, so much has been happening that I just could not find any spare time to write anything.

Now since I have a little more time and made sure that I perfectly link my new training schedule with University work, I will be posting a little more often.

I don’t want to make this a lengthy post, so I want to briefly talk about the recent book that I have read, absolutely loved and most definitely took it to heart. Ben Bergeron’s ‘Chasing Excellence’, is a book I strongly recommend for everyone to read. It is not only for those who do Crossfit but for all those who wish to achieve greater things in life and reach excellence.

Personally, I took a lot out of this book because it was almost like a call to action, as Ben Bergeron said, “your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, and your actions dictate your destiny” (p.68-69) and I myself could not word it any better. Everyone’s journey will be different because each persons’ goal is not the same, but this book contains many words of wisdom that can help set each person on the right path, no matter how amazing or ridiculous that goal is. A single book may not teach absolutely everything that is needed in order to completely succeed and may no teach all important ways of life, but if your wish is to begin becoming a better person, then Ben Bergeron perfectly outlines this in 12 principles that lead to achieving this result. These principles are commitment, grit, positivity, embracing adversity, confidence, maximizing minutes, focusing on the process, taking control, turning the page, humility, competitive excellence and clutch.

Full book written from Ben Bergerons’ coaching perspective, using Katrín Davíðsdóttir, Mat Fraser and Cole Sager as examples of how mental toughness and excellence can be achieved even after great failures. Failure is exactly what he demonstrates in this book and how everyone has to overcome their own failures in order to succeed, because failure is not a step back from your goal, it is only a minor bump in the road. He uses the 2016 Crossfit Games, describing and analysing the behaviour of his athletes and how they overcame their struggles during the competition.

Just to swiftly sum it up, I really recommend reading this book. You never know, it might actually bring you closer to your goal like it has for me.

(*This post by all means is not an advert of the book, it is only my own personal recommendation of what I recently enjoyed reading)

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