If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you're a CrossFitter or someone who enjoys fitness/recreational activities in a similar fashion.
Many times when I'm coaching or working with a patient and they ask me if they can do something or push back against something I suggest...I ask them why. Unless you're a sullen teenager or terrorizing toddler (kidding!), "because" is not a good enough answer. At least for me it's not. When it comes to fitness, movement and training, we only get one body for this lifetime, so it makes sense to take care of it. Part of my job is to give reasoning and explanation to patients and clients, so they have understanding.
Fitness and training is an important aspect to having overall balanced health and wellness. But to train without much thought of what or why your'e doing something can be dangerous. It can lead someone to injury, and possibly unable to pursue fitness and training.
A majority of people I come into contact with are not going to compete at as professional athlete. They have a different career and many other responsibilities. They're are training for other reasons, and they're training habits should support that- and not mimic the training habits of a professional athlete.
My point here is figure out why you workout. Is it to play with your children? Grandchildren? Perform better at your job? Be able to play/participate in another recreational sport? To complete some big fitness feat (climbing a mountain, going on a ruck, marathon, etc.)? I encourage you to take time and think about your why.
If the focus is always on aesthetics, a number on the scale, number on the bar or some other skill, there will always be another goal to replace whichever one you meet. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but can possibly create some unhealthy behaviors, training habits and thought processes. Those are good to have in the gym for progress sake, but having a why that isn't tied to your performance in the gym will be more satisfying, less demanding and likely less of an emotional/mental game. I'd also bet that it would make your training smarter and less likely to cause injury or train through injury.
My why is my daughter. I want to be able to play with her on the playground, run around the yard together, and one day do CrossFit together. I want to do this fitness thing for the rest of my life. So pushing my body to it's edge every day, ignoring warning signs (pain!) and not constantly working to improve my technique for safety & efficiency, is not conducive to that as a goal.
What's your why?