Simple and hard. Usually, the best things are.

There’s a funny characteristic to the relationship between how simple things are and how difficult they are. Some of that could be in lieu of perception and some could be more, let’s say, realistic.

For instance, the time you wake up in the morning. For many, not hitting the snooze button and waking up between 4–5am is extremely difficult, yet the idea is simple. Get up before 5am. You’ll have some time to yourself and find you’re able to get something extra done like workout if you can get up and get moving. It doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, it could be excruciatingly simple to just get out of bed before 5am.

Use a workout for example. Say you’re someone who thinks constantly about finally getting in shape and getting a workout in, but fails over and over again to execute the idea. You are paralyzed by overanalyzing how to accomplish the task. Say the workout was 100 pushups. It doesn’t have to be fast, perfect, or flashy you simply have to accomplish 100 pushups. That could prove an extremely difficult task for some and even those it’s easier for may still fail on the execution side of things, but that doesn’t change the fact how simple it is to just do 100 pushups.

Folks are trying to figure out the road to elite fitness. The measurables and priorities vary whether it be gaining strength, endurance, or some sport parameter. They expend needless energies attempting to figure out the secret equation: what movements would suit them best, how many sets reps to do, what weight to use, and how often to do it. All along just doing something simple and hard would have gotten the job done.

Look at our most recent CrossFit Open 17.5 workout — 10 rounds for time of 9 thrusters and 35 double unders. The thruster weight wasn’t terribly heavy for a lot of athletes and as long as you could jump rope you could make it happen, single unders or as written. The fact remains, if done correctly this workout surprised the shit out of you — all you have to do is try hard. Don’t take breaks, try your best to keep your hands off your knees, focus on consistency, move well, and just plain try hard. If you stay on that path all of the fitness you’re looking for will soon be on its way.

Something I’m working on right now is attempting to find the things that matter most in life and really develop those. The things I truly value and care about. It’s a simple concept to narrow the things in your life down to what matters and what doesn’t, throw out the things that don’t, and work on the things that do. Accomplishing this will elevate your level of self and allow you to develop yourself into the person you want to be and the life you want to live.

That process is not easy though. In fact, it’s extremely difficult. So simple. Name the things that matter. Focus on them. Tear them down. Rebuild them. Improve them. Improve yourself. Easy, but so damn difficult.

Some of the best things in life are simple. Hard as they may seem, they’re simple.

Originally published at on August 29, 2017.