Effort Is A Choice
Effort is a choice.
“Regardless of what you do, make sure you are the hardest worker in the room”.
I remember my grandfather telling me these words as a young kid.
His family came over from Italy and started with nothing. They were incredibly poor and fought desperately to put food on the table and provide for each other.
He used to tell me about picking scrap metal from railroad tracks with his friends to be able to buy food. They would sell the scraps for nickles and use the money to buy the groceries his mother sent them out for, as well as some penny candy at the store.
Many years later he was what many would consider highly successful. He had worked his way up from dirt poor to upper middle class and had taken his family with him.
By the time I had entered the picture he was the father of four and would eventually have four grandchildren as well.
I was the first.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for the hard work that man put in during his life. When remembering him, that is always the most notable attribute that comes to mind.
That and his love of good Italian food.
What's Your Decision?
It was my grandfather and a few others that instilled the value of hard work in me from a young age.
I remember going to work with my dad on the many farms he worked on as soon as I was able to sit in the front seat of his truck.
I would work a half day and go home at lunch with my mom. That is, until I was able to make it through a full day.
From that point forward I worked for my dad pushing cows until I was legally old enough to officially enter the work force.
From there my brother and I worked on a farm during the summers growing up, and if the value of hard work wasn't instilled by then it certainly wouldn't have been at any further point.
From that point on the decision was made.
If I did something I would work my ass off at it. If not, I wouldn't do it.
This has gotten me farther in life than any other habit or skill that I have acquired.
This Isn't Temporary.
To this day when I step into a room I make sure that I am the hardest working person there.
This is a pretty straight forward rule to follow that will lead to success in all aspects of life, not just training.
However, you also need to be consistent and put forth effort over time.
Hard work isn't hard if you only do it when it is convenient for you. You are going to have days where you want to drag ass and not put in all your effort.
These are the days where you really need to dig deep and put forth effort to truly build strength and character.
My old boss used to have a sign on his door that said "The Days You Don't Want to But Still Do Are The Ones That Make You Better".
Truer words have never been spoken.
The next time you train, regardless of your goal or sport, make sure you are the hardest working person in the room.
You can't control your genetics, your height, or your socioeconomic background. You can however control your effort, and that is one great equalizer among men.
To put forth effort is a choice.
The decision is up to you.