Now we’ll have to make it a gazillion and four.
On an episode earlier this season, the queen of fitness, Jillian Michaels, was in a contestants face (I SO love it when she gets in faces – priceless). She was trying to get the contestant to push harder and do more than they thought they could do. She told them not to half-ass it. Then she told them to never half-ass anything in life.
The phrase has stuck with me, glued to my psyche.
Since then, I’ve challenged myself in different areas of my life. It’s as though an inner Jillian will get in my face, asking me, “Are you half-assing?!? I know you’re not half-assing, are you, goofball?!”
My inner Jillian’s a name-caller.
Truth be told, I’m afraid that all of us, at one time or another, half-asses whatever it is we’re doing. Whether we’re pressed for time or pressed for “give a darn,” only half of us shows up for duty. The other half phones it in and kicks back. Then we have the audacity to wonder why we aren’t achieving the level of success we’re looking for. Sometimes we think we’re busting our butts for a particular cause when, in all actuality, we’re only busting half our butts.
Half assing, if you will.
This is a short post – especially compared to the epic novelettes I normally write – but it isn’t intended to be a forum for me. It’s intended to be a thought provoker for anyone and everyone reading it. Basically I want to sow the seed (the words HALF-ASS) in the field (your mind) and allow you to harvest something spectacular. I want the words to encourage and challenge you the way they have me since they first came charging out of Jillian’s mouth. These words, and the concept behind them, take no prisoners, no excuses, and no b.s.
From here on, when you’re…
- Spending time with a loved one
- Working out
- Cleaning the garage
- Walking the dog
- Sweeping the floor
- Cooking a meal
- Walking on the treadmill
- Writing a letter
- Doing a project
- Learning something new
- Writing an article
- Writing a book
- Building a blog
- Washing your car
- Planning a vacation
- Getting dressed
- Doing whatever it is you’re doing, whenever it is your doing it!
….. ask yourself, “AM I HALF-ASSING IT?” Simply challenging yourself with the question, alone, will make you extend your reach. You’ll work harder, stay longer, go further, and surpass a bar you may not have even reached. You’ll amaze yourself with what you can accomplish when you put your ALL into it as opposed to just half.
It’s amazing how motivational two little words can be. There’s magic in half ass… as long as you’re saying it and not doing it.
Give it your all or why even bother?