My coach (Jeff) said this in class while coaching another member, but he was spot on for all of us.
On a hang power clean. On a squat. On a push-up.
On your job. On love. On your entire life.
If you win the WOD, but you moved like shit, there will be consequences. If you get a PR but your form was horrendous, you’ll eventually pay. You might not feel the pain right away, but you will at some point. In your back, or your knees, or your shoulders, or wherever. Bad movement extracts its price sooner or later. And the price is often high.
Bad movement in your life costs you too. Some people call this payback karma. Divorce lawyers pay their bills from it. Therapists try to undo the psychological damage from it—in your life and the lives of others. Banks extract their price in foreclosures and higher interest rates.
Life can be frustrating though, because it often looks like some other guy or gal is winning the race—with poor movement—and it makes you want to maybe cheat a little, or just power through. He/she gets the win, the beautiful girl, the promotion, the flashy car. But don’t get distracted by that. Keep your attention on how you are moving—in the WOD and in your life. Good movement might take time to learn and master, but eventually it will pay dividends … in all parts of life.
It’s really not about what you can get. It is about how well you can move.