In 2016, the CrossFit Games introduced an event called “The Separator.” I think normal handstand push-ups are tough. This event had ring handstand push-ups. That’s right—athletes were inverted on rings doing strict handstand push-ups. Pretty incredible!
If you watch the event, you’ll notice eventual champ Mat Fraser receive quite a few “no reps” meaning the rep didn’t count, and he had to repeat it again. How does he respond? He doesn’t get frustrated or angry. He just continues onto the next rep without hesitation.
Ben Bergeron uses this event and Mat’s response in his book Chasing Excellence to illustrate an important concept. One key to success is to focus your effort on only the things you can control and ignore the rest.
Mat even has this lesson tattooed on his body in the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.The Serenity Prayer