Short Prompt: Never again say “110 Percent Effort”

Why 110 Percent is Not Possible

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” -Winston Churchill


I was speaking with a friend the other day and he made a statement that I had never heard before. It was on the argument of “giving 110%” which anyone who has ever had any sports coach has surely heard time after time. It would seem that once we reach algebra in school we think it is witty to say “there’s no such thing as 110%, you can’t give more than you have, it’s impossible!”. We think we are funny or have out thought our coach, we’re wrong. That is not to say there is no basis for that argument, I’m simply telling you it is the wrong point of view.

What my friend said was “you can’t give 110 percent because if you do it means you now have a new 100 percent”. When I heard that I immediately thought THAT is the proper attitude, and I want you to think about it. When do we become better? When do we learn to speak better, lift more weight, bring in more business, or hone our skills? It happens under pressure and when we push ourselves a little bit farther. Just a little bit past the spot where our current skillset takes us, and we learn. If you consider your improvement greater than your ability, then you’ve lost that success. However, with this new point of view, I look at it in a new light. That effort was over one hundred percent of what I previously had given, but now it is my new one hundred. I’ve set a new bar and become better at whatever it is, and that is an achievement.

What do you think? Is 110% achievable? Looking forward to Responses!

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