Practice Trying

Post by John Wild Buckley

You have to practice trying as hard as you can.

I know that may sound silly, or obvious, or weird, but it’s true.  It’s a rare thing today, seeing someone try as hard as they can. You don’t see it when you drive or at the store. You may not do it when you floss or clean behind the couch, nobody can do his or her best all of the time. But here, at the OKC, that is what we do.

We give you a spot to get to.  We give you a mission that you have to complete. It starts with a number. A goal. Then we figure out what your number is at this very moment right now. 

We have two numbers.

Now we have to connect them together. I know, I know, I wish I could draw a straight line too but sadly it doesn’t work that way. We are drawing a map here. We are creating a plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be. 

We chip away at it just a little at a time. Bit by bit we move forward. Every day you try a little harder until we get to that magical place where you are trying as hard as you can. 

Then you fall.

Then we get up, together, and you try again.

You try as hard as you can.

And down the road we go together. That is the way we do it at OKC. There will be moments where you will have to go inside and lead the way, out front, on your own but your coaches and your teammates will be right behind you cheering you the whole way.

It’s a crazy thing this lifting. You stand in the same place on the platform and just get better at this little thing that is kettle. You learn to turn down the voice in your head that whispers “quit” when you are tired. You learn to laugh at what you thought your limits were before. You build up your mind and body and heart. You learn to fight, and fail, and pick yourself up and fight again.

The practice of trying as hard as you can. 

That is OKC Kettle