All that I can Johnathan

All that I Can

I’ve sat down to write several times over the past few weeks but each time I have found a way to get distracted. Usually I tell myself that something is more pressing or important and that I will write “later tonight.”

Later is always out of reach

Don’t worry this is not one of those times where I’ll harp on doing things now, this is a time to reflect on what is going on around us. To look around and notice the motion of life. At the beginning of this journey, I started to talk more, describe who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. Architect … opportunity architect … craftsman … Storyteller. Yeah, that’s me. I didn’t quite know how to say it at first, so I said too much. I was willing to risk being wrong in order to know what was right. It feels good to understand what I am doing—to know the work I do has value. A value that is not limited to me but available to those around me, an investment in the future.

The future is always something to reach for

So what am I doing? I am living in Austin, Texas. I am traveling to every place I can go. There is constant brainstorming, planning and execution in light of an idea that is so tangible I swear I can touch it. There is rest, recovery and reflection in much-needed pockets and planned break times. I am making mistakes, learning quickly and implementing new ideas. I am pushing myself harder than anyone can push me—accepting an (seemingly) insurmountable challenge and gaining ground. I am laughing, crying, singing (mostly in the car) and enjoying every moment of this adventure. I am writing, tweeting, checking in, editing, framing and generating a new status. There is a story to be told and I am on the path, using every tool to best tell it.

When asked “What I do,” I struggle to nail down a specific job description.

I am not a job, I am on a journey

“But what exactly are you doing?” 

I am doing all that I can

Johnathan Haynes - Manhattan Beach



The above sums up the marquee lesson I take away from the CrossFit Games. I’ve worked or been a part of this event for four year now, but this year is by far my favorite. It was the most challenging, thought-provoking, patience-testing project I have ever been a part of. It was also full of the most fun and rewarding things I have done or been a part of in a long time.


There are many things I want to talk through and share about my experience, but I wanted to lead-off with this simple message of control. It’s tempting to draw a large circle around the things you care about and try to make sure everything happens the way YOU feel it should. This is exhausting work. Instead, draw the smallest circle possible and make sure that space is grand. Pour everything you have into it and let the rest worry for itself. Make your small circle the best you know how. Then you are in control. You have learned to become a servant to your surroundings and a master of yourself.  If you can put that into repeated practice, people will grow your circle for you. Then, you’ll truly have to fight to keep it “small.”


The joyous  feeling of accomplishment stems from the journey and the battles overcome. Johnathan Haynes

Be More Creative


It’s come to my attention that I am pretty wasteful with my time.

It’s not that I am lazy or unproductive by any means, but lately I’ve noticed that there is some serious room for improvement. There have been so many moments where an idea has come to me and I’ve just let it float on by or put it  on “the list.” That list of things is becoming a novel, it is time to turn this book of dreams in to a collection of realities. So this is the moment where I draw a line in the sand and step across to become an improved individual [I literally did that].

Exploring my creativity is something I plan to focus on for this next chapter of life. Reading, writing, photographing and sharing more is my plan to increase the value of my time. I don’t just want to spend time wisely, I want to capture it well. Stories are my passion and it’s about time I started to tell my own. With that being said, the plan is to produce more—and then just see what happens.

Here goes everything …



“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now. Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree.”Anonymous

Photo Taken in Downtown Austin by Johnathan Haynes 

Momentary Reflections - Brian Sullivan

A Momentary Reflection

Life is a collection of moments — thoughts, feelings and actions. It can be broken down in to a much more detailed description or scientific explanation but I intend to keep this short. This is the time of year for resolutions … declarations of the desires for the coming year. I think this time of year has the potential to be pivotal in life. But it all depends on the actions taken after the new choices are made. Resolve without action is just speculation.

Whether I want to or not, I am constantly collecting moments in life. Some pass by and are wasted others are capitlized on and a handful have beendefining. My goal is to be a better curator of my moments — to look back at my collection and be proud of what I have expierenced.

Let the adventure begin.

What’s missing from your collection? More importantly — what are you going to do about it?

Photo Credit: Brian Sullivan

Change the World

This video has been ringing in my ears for a few weeks now.

It is easy to get caught up in the struggle and strain of trying to change your life. The challenge is to stay focused and remember that your dreams were given to you as a gift. You have a purpose and dreams are possible.

I hope this message reaches and strikes the people that need to hear it.

Anyway - Life moments


People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

― Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

This resonated with me. I’m going to work with this concept for 90 days and see what happens. 

MyIgniton - Johnathan Haynes

Constant Teacher

The barbell has no meaning, except that which you impress upon it. The barbell force soreness, bloody or callused hands upon you. It doesn’t ask you to pick it up when you are exhausted. It does not want to be slammed down victoriously when you break through a performance barrier. The barbell asks nothing of you. You ask it of yourself to perform. The barbell is a merely a reflection of you.

This metal is simply and instrument of your maturation. The rules do not change, you only learn how to better operate within them. The barbell remains constant, It is you that transforms.