3 Reasons People Give Sub Maximal Effort; and How to Help Them Realize Their Potential

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of cliché’s, but I will say that they are cliché’s because they’re typically always true.

One of my favorites is mentioning that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.

We all wake up with the same potential to put in the maximum amount of effort that we possibly can each and every day.

We all wake up with the capability to make decisions that will help us, and not hurt us.

Yet some still choose to give sub maximal effort. Some still choose things that harm them over things that hurt them.

Why is this?

I’ll never claim to know everything, but I will say that I think this question can be answered with a handful of different responses.

Answer #1 would be that the person who gives sub maximal effort doesn’t have the right goals or passion in place. They have yet to completely buy in to WHY they are doing what they are doing. If they don’t believe in, or don’t understand the end goal, it will be difficult for them to put their nose to the grindstone every single day.

Answer #2 would be that they are afraid of how good they could be. I know this sounds crazy, but fear of success is an extremely real thing. Being successful and achieving your goals is intimidating because it shows you that it is 100% possible. If somebody goes through a process to achieve a goal and they do it, knowing that they can do it, they now have even more pressure to succeed again. If someone is assigned a task at work, they might not want to give their full effort because if they do well then they will have to give their all again next time they are chosen. People who are afraid of hard work and success will have a difficult time putting in work on the front end.

Answer #3, and the last one I will mention, is that they haven’t been taught what hard work is. They haven’t found their 100% yet because nobody, or no situation, has shown them how. If a person has been above average and fairly successful their entire life, then they might hit a wall when they step in to the next level of their life that is a little bit harder than what they have faced before. It doesn’t take talent to work hard, but hard work is a skill that needs to be developed and worked on constantly.

Those are the three main responses that pop in to my head when I try and understand why someone wouldn’t be giving their all.

It makes a little bit more sense now when you see someone around you (or yourself) not giving everything they can. Take a step back and try and understand why, and then evaluate the situation and try to inform them (or yourself).


Published by Skyler J. Windmiller

Football coach and entrepreneur starting my journey through life. Teaching all that I learn to people whose shoes I was recently in. I want to let every young adult know what I wish I knew then.

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