Have you ever heard someone say they gave 100%? Some coaches even say they expect 100% effort, 100% of the time, but is it really possible to go that hard all the time? It is certainly tough to exert this level of effort, even for a part of the time we work, but our maximum effort will often differ at different times as well. So is it really possible to give 100%, 100% of the time?
The idea of 100% effort, means you are giving your absolute maximum level of effort in that moment. So on a great day where our focus, energy, and motivation levels are high, it can be a lot easier to give 100%. Simply put, when it feels “right”, it isn’t too much of a struggle to give our very best, the test comes up during the times we don’t “feel like it”: when we feel like crap and don’t want to do what we need to do.
At the end of the day if you are pleased with your results, if you are happy with the work you put in and feel that you gave it your very best, then you probably gave 100% that day. But, at the end of the day when you feel that you could have worked harder, when you feel you were lazy and you didn’t hit your goals, you probably could have worked harder.
The important thing to remember on the days when we fall short of our expectations, is to re-frame and create a positive frame of mind. Of course, we can’t be perfect and do perfect work at all times, but if we use our failures to build better structures, increase our motivation, and learn new skills, then our days aren’t a complete failure.
When our day wasn’t exactly what we planned or wanted, it is important to look at what went wrong and make adjustments as needed. Did you push too hard, did you get stuck in a negative habit cycle, did you spend too long talking to a client or co-worker? Things happen sometimes, and its inevitable that we all have an off day, no matter how motivated and hardworking we are, the important thing is to let it go of our performance at the end of the day; don’t allow guilt to run you into the ground and kill your motivation for the next day: break the habit of guilt and missed opportunities, and rededicate yourself to a better day tomorrow.
It is impossible to have a perfect day every single day, we can try hard, but at times our bodies and minds will be tired. If we are dieting hard, there are going to be days that all we can think about is a burger and we will slip up and eat one. We can choose to feel guilty and let the guilt push us into a negative mindset that allows the one time burger to become a 1 day indulgence that derails our entire progress, or we can learn from our mistake, let it go, and look at what went wrong to prevent it from happening next time.
Understand that you will not be perfect 100% of the time, and understand there will be emotions, and moods, and days where our 100% is very different than what we know we are truly capable of. Instead of allowing guilt to derail us, use it as motivation to work harder tomorrow, observe the cues that caused us to slip off the path, and readjust the action plan for next time.
It is possible to give 100% all of the time, but our day to day results are going to vary a little bit. 100% on Monday might be 2 workout sessions, a healthy diet all day long, making serious money, and making a valuable business contact; 100% on Thursday might be 1 unenthusiastic workout, a slip up on our diet, low income, and a lost customer.
Life goes up and down, it is inevitable: our motivation and productivity will go up and down from day to day, but we must commit to creating a positive structure that allows us to become more consistent. We should always be looking to create consistency in our results and effort, don’t go so hard on Monday that you can’t walk on Tuesday, but rather aim for a consistent pace that allows you to excel each day. Over time, what we can do in each day will increase, and our endurance, willpower, and influence will increase along with it. If we fall short one day, we should learn from our mistakes and give a stellar performance tomorrow. Seek to perform small victories consistently, then move to bigger goals, and bigger goals: measure yourself in you cumulative action, not so much against day to day results.
Is it possible to give 100% each day? Yes, but the results will vary. If you have a bad day, pick up, learn your lessons, and work harder tomorrow. Just give it your best, try to get a little better each day, don’t give up, and you will end up where you want to be entually.