“Effort will beat skill any day of the week.”
I found this quote awhile back and it really resonated with me. It sums up my parenting philosophy. I taught it to my kids and I teach it in my group fitness classes. While my kids are young adults now, I always told them it’s great to develop skill, but effort will give you an advantage in everything you do!
I told them, you don’t have to be the smartest kid in the class, but if you put forth effort (study hard!) most likely you will do well. I emphasized that I always want to see them put in the effort. Show up and give it a try.
I tell participants in my fitness classes that effort beats skill, and you don't have to be trained in ballet to come to my Pilates class nor do you have to be coordinated to come to my kickboxing class. All you have to do is give it some effort by coming and trying it out. Trying is effort and it will burn as many calories, if not more, than skill. If you're concerned that you'll look awkward or stand out because you don’t know all the moves, remember that most people in classes are focused on themselves and paying very little attention to what anyone else is doing. Just give it a try. Whatever exercise you choose to do, exert yourself a little more.
Even as a pro basketball player, Michael Jordan didn’t attribute all of his talent to skill, but to the effort he put forth in the forms of training, practice and dedication. Now, granted, pro athletes do develop better skills but it all starts with their desire to rehearse and learn more.
You don’t have to be great at something or naturally gifted to try something new. If you look behind the success of many great performers, you'll find lots of practice, or put another way—effort!
What would your life look with extra effort?
- Use effort to try different forms of exercise or a class you didn’t think you could do.
- Use effort to workout on those days even when you don’t really feel like it.
- Give your best effort to finish a more challenging workout. You can do it!
- Tap into extra effort to increase the intensity or duration of your workouts.
And yes, you can apply this philosophy to more areas of your life than exercise!
When you combine effort with consistency, you get results—and they last. That extra effort will speed up your results! You always have the choice to try harder at whatever you do in life. And seeing the results of your effort is so rewarding, it will keep you motivated! It reminds me of a funny quote: "Even if you jog slowly, you're still lapping everyone sitting on the couch!"
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