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?
Johnny Palmer says
I love this post. Half assing in ANYTHING means you might as well not even be doing it.
Moshe Sharon says
Most often the things we never see are in front of us all the time. We all have a part of ourselves that is always there within us and always escaping our attention. This part of who we are, always hidden in plain sight, is the ability to foresee future changes in our mind-bodies as unintended consequences of our behaviors. Therefore, once you read “Health Secrets from the Seventh Heaven” you will realize that the solutions to your existing or potential health problems are so close to you that all you need to do is to become aware of them.
Brandon Yanofsky says
Completely agree. When I work, I try to turn off all distractions, like phone and email. I’m not the best at this yet, but I see my work is much better when I’m concentrating. Same is true when I’m relaxing. No work. No emails.
I noticed I half-ass things when I get overwhelmed. Usually because I over-scheduled myself and took on too many challenges.
This usually leads to frustrated feelings.
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I try a Concentration Builder over time it helps you to concentrate.
Whenever you are walking anywhere, simply count your steps.
For instance, if you pick the number 4, it goes like this
step. 1…step. 2…..step 3…..step. 4 and start over at 1.
If you find your mind wandering, no need to beat yourself
up.Just go back to focusing on counting your steps.
Practice this over the next 2 weeks and watch your concentration gradually improve and your productivity reach new heights.
Harry Lorayne says
If you’re not going to go all the way, you might as well not even start.
Nicole Bechi says
What you say in this post is so very true. It is also very true when going into a business. If you go about it half ass and don’t commit to the new venture all the way chances are it will fail.
Sherri Frost | Self Hypnosis says
I think that we do two things at once we are half assing both things. Gotta do one and then the other. Multi-tasking is not what it’s cracked up to be.