Recently, I was teaching a young boy and at the end of the session, I asked him, “Did you give a full effort today?”

He responded, “Not exactly.”

“Could you have?” I asked.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

Then I asked him the million dollar question…

“What if, at the beginning of the lesson, I said, ‘I’ll give you a million dollars if you give it your full effort today.’ Would you have been able to give a full effort then?”

My student enthusiastically responded, “Oh YES!”

We both laughed.

I told him that effort is a choice. It’s not a question of CAN you, it’s a question of WILL you?

Lesson learned.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center

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