By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Early in my CrossFit journey I stumbled on a book written and published by CrossFit Invictus called “The Invictus Mindset: An Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness.” I stumbled on the book during my peak of “All the CrossFit!” personal obsession, but I find any advice pertaining to mindset and psychological tools to be helpful in not just the athletic world. It was a really great book and worth the read when it comes to goal-setting and figuring out what you want.
Anyway, the book started out with this famous poem by William Ernest Henley, which is where CrossFit Invictus’s namesake was born. I have since printed it out for my inspiration wall. I find it an extremely thrilling on most days, and on those unfortunately frequent tough days as of late the words can bring me back to my task of moving forward and living life.
I hope these words may inspire you to be the master of your own week this week.
Go make it a great day!