I was re-reading some of my old blog posts, and I stumbled across this one. I gotta admit, I really really liked it, so here's a post from 4.5 months ago that definitely deserves another appearance.
We get few chances to really do something to the best of our ability. There's almost always something stopping us from devoting ourselves fully, to giving all we've got. Sometimes it's the context or the situation. Most of the time, it's ourselves.
We may feel embarrassed to apply ourselves when people around us don't seems to be going to that extreme. We may feel ashamed to admit that we're interested enough in something to do everything we can to make it happen. We might be afraid of what it would mean if we applied ourselves and failed. We have so many ways we hold ourselves back, so many ways we stop ourselves from attaining the things we want.
The max effort life is very simple: apply yourself fully to those things you choose to apply yourself to. Just make the decision that your level of commitment because measured in a binary way; you either commit fully, or you do not commit at all. Open up and commit fully to the various relationships, projects, and areas in your life.
Embrace the fear that comes with the chance of failure because if you succeed, you will have succeeded fully and completely and if you fail, you will have failed having given your all. Embrace your ability to be entirely present in each moment, entirely aware and cognizant of the things in your life that are a part of your consciousness. Embrace the power that comes from being able to say "I held nothing back."
AMRAP 20 minutes of:
Max reps pull-ups
Score is total number of pull-ups completed.
Posted by Armen.