110% Effort

Lewis & ClarkAn effort level that exceeds the expected effort of 100%

It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.  Claude M Bristol

The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret.  Sarah Bombell

Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence. Author Unknown

   “110%” is usually used to describe an athletic effort; portraying an individual, who gives it all, more than could be normally expected. Generally, 100% effort is the normal expectation. Athletic teams are coached and trained to give it everything they have; an effort of 110% is considered a superlative effort. It is this all out effort that sometimes makes the difference between winning and losing.

    In the work world, 110% effort describes those that give 10% more than the expected norm. Depending upon the group, this may not be such a huge amount. However, the 110% effort stands out from the group. These individuals will normally be noticed, recognized, promoted, and rewarded. Anything that separates us from the “norm” in positive ways, generally, rewards us in positive ways. If we are in the habit of giving 110% effort, we will likely stand out and be rewarded more than those giving average effort.

     The concept of 100% describes the effort of an average individual giving an average effort under average conditions. Most are capable of giving better than a 100% effort for at least short periods of time or when especially motivated to do so.  A continued superlative effort that separates us from the “normal” causes us to exceed normal output and causes us to stand out from the “norm”. It differentiates us in a very positive way. People who are motivated, ambitious, driven, having strong work ethics, are those that are the 110%-ers. They will succeed, advance, achieve, acquire, and rise to the top. They are not satisfied to be labeled as “average”.

     Let us suppose that we are able to measure the average effort that we expend doing all of the things that we do, especially work; and turn that into a number. Starting today, if we could increase that number by only an additional 10%, we would be astonished by the results. We would find ourselves growing and advancing in significant and positive ways. We would get more done and accomplished. The extra “10” would revitalize us and cause us to look at life from a new vantage point. It would increase our incomes, happiness, energy levels, confidence and so many other things. Those that are champions, successes and achievers are often only fractions of a percent better than their competition. This 110% factor will result in a huge positive influence in our lives.

Challenge:  When you compare yourself to the “norm” where do you fit? Is the norm where you find your comfort zone? Challenge yourself to live up to your potential. Hold yourself accountable to higher expectations. Commit to an “extra 10% factor”. Add this as a new principle to your life. You will be revitalized. Be prepared for the positive differences. You will move forward in significant ways. Can you handle the increased success?

Wisdom: Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.  Confucius

Spiritual: (NIV)

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  II Timothy 1:7

In God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.  Psalm 56:11

We have accesses to unlimited sources of energy, power, faith and wisdom. God is the creator and giver of these things. He is the one who created us and gave us talents and abilities at conception. He designed us with purpose in mind as we journey through this life. That purpose is not to vegetate, hide in our comfort zone, live in fear of failure and rejection, and to give only minimal effort. We were designed for much more. He will help get there.

Prayer:  Help me to perform and to expend at a level that is equal to my potential.


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