Pre WOD: 100 Mountain Climbers for time (L/R = 1)
WOD: Run 5K
Post WOD: 50 Partner Medball Situps
Common sense. We all know what it is, or do we? Common sense is knowing the difference between right and wrong. It entails a personal and subjective process of analyzing a problem and finding a solution that works for you, but not necessarily for everyone. Champions know this and that's why some of their methods may seen unorthodox. As long as they work, however, champions will keep on using them.
Common sense means taking the time to stop and ask yourself – is this right or wrong for me? It's easy to go along with the crowd, to get involved with what everyone else is doing. It's safe. But it may not always be right. Use instinct and trust your gut-level feelings. They are the best indicators you have.
When it was first suggested to sprinter Evelyn Ashford that she wear a body suit similar to the one worn by speed skater Eric Heiden, she found the idea ridiculous. It was a suit that belonged on a skin diver, not a sprinter. Fortunately, she gave the idea more thought and used common sense. That suit helped her run faster than ever before.
Golfer Tom Kite analyzed his game and saw a problem. The clubs he had in his bag were not able to handle a particular shot. Using common sense, he went out and got a new wedge for those in-between shots.
How many times have you heard people say he or she may be very smart, but they don't have any common sense? Such people speak before they think, act before they consider the consequences, and never stop to realize how their decisions affect others. They are inconsiderate, whether they intend to be or not.
Pope John XXIII once said, "Prudent is he who can keep silent that part of truth which may be untimely, and by not speaking it, does not spoil the truth of what he said."
In matters of principle, stand like a rock. You know what's right and what's wrong. Do what's right. Follow your common sense. For example, we have read everything about the dangers of smoking. Yet, people continue to smoke and buy more and more cigarettes each year. Is that common sense?
Don't compromise. Keep a clear understanding of what's right and what's wrong. The difference between them is very obvious. Don't cross over the line. Stand firm. Your personal integrity is at stake here. Once you give a little, you tend to forget where the line is and who you really are.
There is a saying at St. Edward: "How hard is it?" What this means is that when you step back and take a good look at yourself, the choices should not be that difficult. Some of the wrestlers figure this out while still in high school. Some discover it in college, others not until their competitive days are over. Regardless of when they step back and put it all together, they say, "Now I understand. Now I see. It all makes sense. The choices are obvious. How hard is it?"
All the education in the world can't give you common sense. It's simply a matter of following your intuition. If you do, you'll have the edge over a lot of people. As George Bernard Shaw, the writer, said, "Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius."
~ Howard Ferguson
Use common sense people. It makes life a lot easier.