This is the third article out of 10 about "10 things you can do that require zero talent to improve your life". If you would like to read the intro to the series click here: Ten things that require zero talent to improve your life.
Have you ever been watching a basketball game and the announcers keep talking about a player who isn't the most talented or the star of the team but is consistently playing great defense or diving for lose balls? This guy’s effort is what sets him apart and gets him noticed and this same attribute is how you can get noticed especially early in your career.
Effort is a choice. It isn't always easy to go above and beyond and there is a cost to going 100% all of the time. The cost is you have to give up other things. its like a seesaw, when something goes up something else must go down. Sometimes it is fun activities, friendships, relationships, sleep, and leisure time. Effort is all about your own will and desire to put in work that you can be proud of and demonstrates you are a valuable contributor to your team.
If you want to put in max effort you also have to be self motivating. While it is nice for your employer or peers to pat you on the back you cannot count on it. You must be the one to motivate yourself. How can you do that? First, by setting small rewards for certain achievements. If you make a deadline or have a significant contribution on a project let yourself celebrate. Second, Remind yourself what your objective is. Are you in this job to support your family? Are you in it to gain a skill that will allow you to own your own business someday? You have to keep your objective in your mind at all times. I would suggest creating written and visual reminders so when you get discouraged your objective is already so imprinted in your mind you can be reinvigorated by it and not give up or reduce your effort. You must keep in mind that if you put in effort now you will receive a benefit in the future.
Effort separates you from your peers. It shows you care, are serious, and are tough. When things get hard and you keep right on going it will be noticed. Don't get lazy and allow your level to go down to your peers. Keep the gas pressed down and max out your effort.
J. Matthew King, Co-founder