I believe people don’t use their full potential. According to the urban myth, people use only 10% of their brainpower. Although it is not true, apparently, we tend to use our 100% very rarely, almost never.
Think of the time you go to bed. Do you think, if you used your powerfully, it would take you 30 minutes to fell asleep? This is exactly what Jocko Willink, who was a Navy SEAL commander, mentions in his podcast. He tries to squeeze the day as much as possible so that when he goes to bed, he can feel the day and the satisfaction he did his best.
How often do you feel that? How often do you go to bed knowing you completely run out of fuel?
If you have plenty of plates to spin on a stick, so to speak, how do you make sure all of them keep spinning. And what do you do if you think you are too tired and start dropping one of them?
For me, the question is the matter of mental toughness. Are you willing to go the extra mile to keep everything working?
Navy SEALs, which I admire for their toughness, have a rule called 40% rule.
It is very simple.
When you think you are done, you are just 40% done.
Although I couldn’t find any scientific research to back the rule, I believe it is a strong motivator. And I can tell you, it works. After I have heard about the approach, I have tested it in my training and work. I have reached results I would have never expected.
So, next time you think you are done, just shut up and keep the plates spinning.