This is something I would often hear Coach Jami Tikkanen say when I had the pleasure of being coached by him during my early CrossFit days.
And its something that has always stuck in my head as a athlete and as a coach.
During the 2016 Athlete games I was fortunate enough to judge Thuridur Eria Helgadottir (an Icelandic Dottir that went to the CrossFit Games last year and finished 35th) on the Clean Ladder event.
One thing that struct me as I watched her go on to eventually clean 105kg (at 59kg bodyweight) was the way she approached each one of her cleans. Every single clean she performed, starting at just 40kg, looked the exact same. She took her time on each station, set her self up properly and performed the lift perfectly. She made her 40kg lift, look like her 105kg lift. She didn't rush it and just muscle it up with ease, she used her correct technique and took her time.
The way you do anything is the way you do everything.
Lifting a empty barbell of the floor should be lifted the same way a 100kg barbell is lifted off the floor. Sure, we don't need to apply as much force and brace our body as much, but our technique and form shouldn't change. We train the deadlift because its a fundamental movement in life. Its the safest way to pick something up of the floor. So each time we pick something off the floor is an opportunity to train our body with good habits, so when the day comes that we have to pick up a heavy object off the floor safely, we are well trained in performing the task.
Its the same with our gymnastic movements, as I frequently remind my classes when we have our gymnastic skill sessions, each rep should be performed for quality movement, and quality movement only. The moment form breaks and you cant perform a quality movement, stop, rest and recover. Otherwise we are training poor, inefficient, crappy movement. And why would we want to train poor movement? The goal is to better ourselves and continue to grow and build.
So the next time you are lifting or kipping, or doing any movement, ask yourself, am I doing this the best I can, because the way you do anything, is the way you do everything. And perfection should always be the quest.