Dec 31st, 2009
One of the speakers at the Black Box Summit in Austin this past November was James Fitzgerald (a/k/a OPT). He presented a lecture labeled Pain and Higher Orders of Thinking. During his presentation he defines this higher order of thinking as "a connection between physical manifestations and your thought processes" and goes on to apply this definition to CrossFit — both in his experience as an athlete and also as a coach and business owner.
Here is an outline of the orders:
Creative – Create Ideas
Director – Observe and judge
Sensory - Awareness
Automatic – Without intent
According to James, one should “Make it your goal to be aware of where you are in this continuum. Practice everything. Spend time in each order. Ultimately, move out of automatic and strive for creative (from bottom to top of model)"
CrossFit Oakland is an amazing place –- we all know that. But every situation has its challenges. CFO has not only been growing and maturing for over 5 years, but has gone through some significant changes in 2009. It just seems like an ideal opportunity to move out of Automatic and explore some of those other orders in an on-going attempt to better serve this smart, savvy, demanding (in a great way) and supportive community.
Will we hit the nail on the proverbial head with every new offering, schedule shake-up or social event? Probably not –- so please bear with us and remember the following:
- These changes are meant as improvements — the quality of your CFO experience is the number one factor in decision-making
- They are not offered without careful thought and consideration
- They are not set in stone
- We hear you and your feedback is welcomed and appreciated
Challenge for you: Take a look at these so-called Higher Orders of Thinking and try applying them to your training, your career, your relationships, etc. and as always, post thoughts to comments
****************** REMINDER – HOLIDAY SCHEDULE *******************
Thu 12/31: 9am and 10am classes only
Fri 1/1: 11am Community Day workout
Sat 1/2: 8am, 9am, and 10am (open gym)
Sun 1/3: 8am, 9am, and 10am (open gym)