Give it Your All
Give it Your All
By Matthew Shack
"Well, that's an easy choice for us, Arcadian! Spartans never retreat! Spartans never surrender! Go spread the word. Let every Greek assembled know the truth of this. Let each among them search his own soul. And while you're at it, search your own."- King Leonidas
The only thing that is 100 percent within your control is the amount of effort you put into every attempt.
You cannot fail if you have given it your all. You can always be satisfied if you have given your all at the task at hand.
The old adage, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” is a great concept when you are in Little League but in adulthood, this axiom does not digest very well.
In fact, it will give you more indigestion than two-day old hotdogs washed down with warm beer.
But here is the thing you must remember, while you are out there giving it your all, there will be a lot of things that will be outside of your control.
One of the worst workplace supervisors I ever had taught me this same lesson after I had a very valid complaint on how I was not getting my breaks and lunches on time, like the rest of the staff.
He told me, “Don’t worry about things you can’t control.”
I followed his advice and he proceeded to make working on my job a living hell.
A few weeks later, I went to the department head regarding another co-worker’s total lack of respect toward me and other unsavory situations occuring on shift, I was dismissingly told, "It should have been handled amongst yourselves."
Needless to say, I was canned for not making 90 days probation. I gave the job my all but sometimes, assholes will win battles every now and again.
This is what can happen to you when you play to win to the game.
Some people may be better than you, but others may cheat.
What can do you? It was out of your control and that is how the cookie crumbles.
You may win in the end or you may not, but at least you can look at yourself in the mirror and say that you did all you could to make the situation a success.
So what is the question that you do not want to have inside your head to only be asked later on in your life?
“Could I have done better?”
You do not want to be the “I almost got it but almost wasn't good enough… Maybe, I should have tried harder” person.
Ultimately, be the “faced with the ugliest of odds, I stood tall and did what did what I needed to do,” person.
Always be in the 100 percentile and do not internalize defeat. You may be overmatched, you may be less talented, you may be less funded for one thing you will not be is out worked.
Be dedicated to give it your all religiously because, you deserve it.
This may not be Sparta but this is still your life, so fight like the 300 for this is the last war.
No one likes to experience defeat so it is best to give your all to the fullest, every time.
It is much easier to deal with a loss knowing you did everything within your power to win in the end.
Charge all losses to the game and learn from them, then go on the attack again.
Ultimately, being victorious with a lack of effort will only teach you how to win easily and when it is needed for you to turn it up to win, you will not be able to do so.
Win with maximum effort and run your opponents out of the gym!
Give it your all and be all that you can be. Win, lose or draw.
Then, and only then... you will be victorious.