“100% is Easy, 99% is Hard” is a quote I came across recently that took me quite some time to absorb.
The essential premise is that when you’re 100% committed, everything becomes easy. When you’re just 1% hesitant, that hesitancy can destroy your productivity.
This has been a year of a lot of 99%. And the problem is, 99% sounds great, right? Like, you’re almost fully committed. “It’s a lot more than 1%!” you tell yourself.
However, every number on the scale to 100% is enough to stop you. Only being 10% committed… 40%… 51%… It doesn’t matter.
If you aren’t getting the right things done, take a minute to think for a second. Ask yourself if you are 100% committed to what you want.
If you’re being honest with yourself, you’ll know that you are somewhere under 100% committed.
Of course, we can accomplish the things on our to-do lists that are required to get done without being 100% committed. If your parents need a favor, you need to finish something your boss gives you to do, you need to go grocery shopping… Those are different.
I’m talking about the true passion that burns in your soul. The one your mind just went to. The thing you’re dying to do that you just keep putting off.
2018 is just around the corner, how much longer are you going to wait?
For years, I’ve been a writer for my work. I can write client projects without much of a struggle and without writers block getting in the way. However, look at this blog. I love this site. It’s a baby passion project. But look at how few times I post. (Yes, this is me calling myself out.)
It’s easy to sit down and be like “oh, I can’t write today, writers block” but in the back of my mind I know that’s not true.
Think about all the other areas of your life. Where are you lacking 100% commitment when it’s important?
Whether it’s in sports, relationships, goals, or for any other thing that matters to you, it’s essential that you remove that one percent that’s holding you back.
You can be scared, you can be nervous, you can want to scream, but you must be fully committed and follow through.
Let’s go through some examples you’ve probably been in.
If you aren’t 100% committed to your diet, you’ll easily excuse those cheat meals here and there that add up to additional weight. When you’re 100% committed, you don’t even look at those tempting snacks. You already know you’re not going to touch them.
If you aren’t 100% committed to your relationship, all kinds of temptations are everywhere. You’ll start flirting, your thoughts will start looking outside your relationship. Most of all, you won’t put in the commitment to fix it, you’ll just want to bail out. When you’re committed, you’re ready to fix whatever problems come up.
If you aren’t 100% committed to pursuing that burning passion or dream, you’ll let things like your feelings, the weather, or being tired get in the way. You’ll do it “tomorrow”. When you’re 100% committed, it doesn’t matter how you feel.
Until you’re at 100%, you can kiss progress goodbye.
All throughout time, the people who truly accomplished what they wanted to hit the 100% committed mark.
It’s time for you to do the same.