I've noticed a trend in myself lately- taking pride in completing a task while giving a 50 percent effort. Where did I notice this trend you may be asking? Sadly, I noticed it as a pattern within myself. Saying things like: "I broke a record with my weights today, EVEN after two glasses of wine last night!" Or "considering I didn't really focus on my training, I did PRETTY well at my last competition. As I started to think about this trend, and see a strong pattern in myself, I began to question why I might be doing this.
This may only be true for me, but I wouldn't be surprised if it applied to many others as well. Doing things in a half- a#$ed way allows me to distance myself from the final result. After all, if I didn't give it it my all, I don't have to take responsibility for the final result because it's not truly me.....right? If I lose, place 10th out of ten people, or fall on my face while trying something new, I can use the excuse that I wasn't at the top of my game. What if the final result came out of a full, committed effort.....wouldn't I have to own it?
Here's the thing though, giving life less than everything I have is a cop out, and I'd love to see what I get in return when I step over the fear of committing all of my efforts. It's so easy to imagine how things would be different if we really tried. More colorful, energized and passsionate. Do you ever sell yourself short by holding back, and using excuses? What would change in your life if you gave one hundred percent to something you really want?
Just a thought.