If there’s one thing to keep in mind while practicing the various ideas, techniques, and methods I’ve discussed in my posts, it’s that you must try your hardest. Your hardest is going to change (that’s what she said) from day-to-day and moment to moment. You always hear “Give 110%,” but giving more than you have to give is not possible. Really think about what it means to give the best 100% you can in any given situation. For example, your best paper you wrote when you were in middle school got you 100%, but by today’s standard in your college or professional years, it’s not your best anymore. That’s because your experiences and knowledge have created new possibilities for you to increase your ability. You have a new threshold for what 100% is.
We are our harshest critics. Our inner voices tell us we didn’t do well because we’re not good enough, smart enough, or prepared enough. If we know we are doing our best in our hearts and minds, then we have no ground to judge ourselves unfairly. The unfair judgements that we place on ourselves are limiting and detrimental to the progress we make to our ultimate goals and dreams. Remember, it’s a process. Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple in a day, but by trying his hardest day in and day out he achieved his goals.
Make a No Exceptions Rule for yourself. Make a 100% commitment to something and accomplish it. No negotiations, no excuses, and never give up. By going all-in at the beginning, you’ll set the precedent of trying your hardest on each project of accomplishing your dreams. At the end of each day, reflect on what you did that day and realize that you did your best for the day and acknowledge that you’re that much closer to your desired outcome. Working your hardest each day is the incremental improvements that you allow yourself for ultimate success.
The end of day self-reflection is a crucial practice because it is the step that makes us step out of ourselves and recognize our success. Too often we get so involved in our work and projects that we forget to take a step back and realize how far we have come. The rat-race of “just a little bit more” is what fuels our inner critic to tell us we’re not trying hard enough. Stepping back will provide the answer to your critic: Yes, I am. Look at what i accomplished today. Tomorrow I can accomplish that much more!”
When was the last time you stepped back from your latest project and recognized your success? Is right now one of those times you need to step back? Let me hear from you! Leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter @alexdbarba!