I do not consider myself an athlete. Perhaps I was at one time, but that was a couple of decades ago at this point. However, a couple of years ago, at the urging of my wife, I decided to join a boot camp in order to get in the best shape possible. I did my research and settled on a local group that met outside in the elements at 5:30 AM and was reasonably priced compared to other programs offered in my area. Maintaining flexibility and mobility were my main goals.
Shortly after joining, I soon discovered that there were others in the group that had maintained a far better fitness level than me over the years. Let’s face it; accounting is not the most physically demanding job. Based on their performance at boot camp, I nicknamed these individuals the “Elites”. But were they really elite in their performance and level of effort?
To this day, I am consistently in the back of the pack in completing the workout regimen. Some days we run, which means I’m even further in the back. Here is what I observed based on my experience and the view from behind: Often, the Elites will rush through the workout just to finish first. For example, they may not do push ups with proper form just to complete the workout faster. Also, even though there may be time left to do more work, they seem to quit after the appointed number of rounds or reps while I may still be working for another 5 or 10 minutes to complete the workout. From my perspective, it seems that if I finished first, I would keep going until the last person finished in order to make the absolute most of the time I had invested.
At this point, I began to wonder if their performance was truly elite. Certainly from a physical perspective it seemed that they were, but mentally, I believe they were missing the mark. While certainly they could be considered above average physically, the level of effort put forth was simply average or below average. They could be doing more, but chose not to do more. Mental toughness was lacking. What level of effort are you putting forth today? Are you committed to becoming even 1% better than yesterday?