Crossing the Rubicon
After watching the video “The Evolution of Adaptation” from the CrossFit Journal posted on January 7, 2013, many thoughts about decisions I have made came to mind. The decisions I have made in no way come close to the gravity of of those made by the courageous people shown in the video. The following is only the application of the information I learned. I hope you find it useful as well.
Crossing the Rubicon is an idiom used to describe passing the point of no return. The phrase gained its significance when Julius Cesar crossed the Rubicon River in northeast Italy in 49 BC. This is also the place where Julius Cesar paused and uttered the famous words, "alea iacta est" – the die is cast. What does all this mean? When Julius Cesar came to the bridge at the Rubicon he had a decision to make. Crossing the river would be a crime against Rome. If he chose not to cross the bridge he would have been stripped of his command and prosecuted. Cesar did cross and his action ultimately started a civil war. What is important is he made a decision and stuck with it. He was decisive.
At some point in all of our lives we all have to cross our own personal Rubicon. For Jake, Maria, Natalie and I, our die was cast when we decided to open Jefferson City CrossFit. Once we made that decision there was no turning back. Many times the process was uncomfortable and frustrating but we had to follow through. The old way of life was gone and no longer an option. Simply put, things were different forever. We had to do this. During our journey across the Rubicon we have had the privilege of meeting some of the most incredible people embarking on their own journey. They are all amazing people that have made a personal decision to better their lives through the Sport of Fitness. They show up at 5 AM while many sleep. Others show up in a hurry to make class after work. They come from all walks of life and they show up with their children, spouses and friends. Why? Because they have found something that makes them better and they have to share it with everyone!
What decisions do you need to make? Are you ready to cross your own Rubicon?