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Your input determines your output.
When I think back to times in my life when my input was lousy, it makes perfect sense as to why the output was always a lackluster result.
A lack of effort never got anyone anywhere.
When you think of the most successful people in their respective industries/careers it was the fact that they consistently gave maximum effort that allowed them to rise above their peers.
Extraordinary natural talent can get you to the dance but that same talent does not guarantee you will be the alpha dog.
Consistently giving maximum effort or your best effort, especially with the smaller details that most folks ignore, will separate the pretenders from the contenders.
Let’s talk about basketball.
There are many players who are 6’6 with extreme athleticism.
These athletes can jump out of the gym. But how come the only one we consistently talk about as the greatest of all time is 23?
What is the difference between 23 and the rest of the guards? He gave maximum effort not only on game day but also doing the little things every day that no one sees.
Let’s talk about football.
Think about how many wide receivers come into the NFL with unbelievable talent and physical attributes.
There are some guys running 4.3 in the 40 yard dash.
Some guys are jumping 40 inches in the air.
Some guys are 6’5 and over.
But many of these guys flame out. How come the only guy we talk about when we talk about the greatest of all time was only 6’2 and ran a comparably slow 4.6-4.7 in the 40 yard dash?
How did the man whose last name rhymes with Ice, become the greatest of all time without having unreal athletic ability?
He gave maximum effort not only on Sundays but also in the off-season when most guys relax and take it easy.
You cannot become great doing the things that average men do. When you give maximum effort you begin to separate yourself from the crowd.
When trainees email me and talk to me about their lack of progress, my first question is “Are you giving maximum effort?”
The training program you are running does not matter if your effort is low. Your progress will be at a snails pace at best.
The nutrition and recovery plan you are supposed to be following does not matter if you do not put in the effort to stick to it.
If you are not getting stronger, leaner, or more athletic stop looking for someone to blame.
It all comes down to you so blame your lack of effort.
There are 2 principles that relate directly to giving maximum effort. They are:
1) Change Your Mindset
A negative mindset will end any hopes of success before you even get started.
When you enter the gym with a lousy attitude, your effort is going to be lousy too.
I have heard all the classic, fake hustle lines during my career:
“Oh, I’m tired!”
“Man, it’s cold!”
“Girl, the weight is too heavy!”
“Forget this, I’m not in the mood!”
“Why am I doing this, it’s too hard!”
There is a simple solution to this: stay home.
If you do not want to give the effort it takes to make real progress then stay home.
A toxic attitude is bad for positive development and I’d rather have you stay home and give zero effort than to show up and give minimal effort accompanied by maximal complaining.
Train with passion and intensity, or do not train at all.
No one is forcing you to train or eat correctly. The vast amount of benefits of doing both are well known, but at the end of the day it is your life.
Don’t bring others down with your negativity. Keep your sorry arse home until you change your mindset.
2) Commit To The Process
When you are truly committed to the process you understand that some days will be amazing and some days will be unremarkable.
When you are committed to the process you also understand that despite how you are feeling, you still have 100 percent control over your effort.
There are days when I’m cooked prior to my workout.
There are days when I have some life stress.
I have days when my back is tight.
I have days when 315lbs in the deadlift feels like 450lbs.
Though I may feel down, I still give my maximum effort.
Maybe I have to decrease the weight being used and/or use different movements than what I have programmed. But I still give maximum effort.
You cannot let outside factors dictate how hard you work.
Who cares if it is cold?
Who cares if the weights feel heavy?
Make adjustments, do what you need to do, and then go home. Training correctly is not an all day process.
If you only give 40 percent effort you will only get 40 percent back.
If you want to have a remarkable physique but you give unremarkable effort than it will show as your body will stay the exact same and then inevitably get worse.
Maybe you want to see your abs?
Your body will only give you what you give it. Those goals require your effort to be high.
If you want to be a great athlete but you skip practice, avoid the weight room, and eat garbage then you will be exactly what I was early in my college track career: a bum.
When I learned the value of giving maximum effort I got better.
Your input determines your output.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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