6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tell me about it Lou and the 110% Fallacy

I was looking for a quote for my Facebook Status Today.. I was looking for something that dispelled the notion that anyone can give 110%...and somehow landed on a Goldmine of quotes from Lou Holtz on thinkexist.com

Don't Know who Lou Holtz is?? Go HERE.

He says it way better than I ever could..

"If what you did yesterday seems big,
you haven't done anything today."

"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it."

"It's not the loads that breaks you down-
it's the way you carry it."

"If you're bored with life- you don't get up every morning with the burning desire to do thing- you don't have enough goals."

"Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by."

"No one has ever drowned in sweat."

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and
ninety percent how you respond to it."

"Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it."

***And I found what I was looking for

"Many people tell us to give 110%. Technically, that is impossible. How can you give 110%, when 100% is all there is? So, let's give 100%. That's impossible too, isn't it? You can't give everything you've got, without dying. So, if you really really try, how much are you giving, 90%? 95%? 85%? Well, it is hard to tell. In fact, it is often impossible to compare one person's trying with another's. What we mean is, "Try really really hard." We might as well call that 100%, give it 100%. But hey, maybe you can actually try even harder. Try harder than you thought possible. So, let's give 110%!"

I love the notion of giving it my ALL, leaving it all on the pavement. I get the IDEA of "Giving it 100%" but it bothers me when people think that they can give 110%.. It cant be done. I love the last sentence in the paragraph above...

"Try Harder than you thought possible."

The big word in that sentence is "YOU." Trying, giving it your all, it is about YOU. I will never run as fast as Kara Goucher, have the abs of Dara Torres, or kill my running shoes with ultra miles like Dean Karnazes...they have a capacity that is beyond my own. I could give everything I had and still never get there. Do I compare myself to them? Sometimes.. Do I wish that I could win races and have a 115lb body full of muscles? Maybe... But I cant give 110% to Running, Fitness, etc.. It is not possible.

Moral of my Rambling??

To achieve more than YOU thought was possible for YOURSELF all you have to do it try harder than YOU thought was possible. Sounds simple right?? If you think it is simple you haven't tested your own limits.... The last time I REALLY pushed myself was May 2010 at the Eugene Marathon (Report HERE) since then I have lost my PUSH...I hope to find it again soon...in the mean time I would love to hear from all of you...

  • Leave a comment about a time when you gave more than you thought was possible. What happened?


Zaneta @ Runner's Luck said...

Love those quotes! I always thought it was funny when my coaches told me to give 110% ;)

Marlene said...

I love that 100/110% quote. Thanks for sharing! It may not be "scientifically" possible, but I think we have all seen that ANYTHING is possible!

Carla said...

Great quotes! They reminded me of a quote from a conditioning coach as he was getting his football players to really push themselves in the weight room: "If it feels good, you're doing it wrong!"

Obviously, with running, you want to feel good most of the time. But I like to keep that quote in mind when I'm suffering or need to kick it.

fancy nancy said...

I love these quotes!!! Actually swiped one for my facebook! There was a 5k that I ran, and got a pr, where I just laid it all out there. I was feeling like I was going to die but in the end I realized I was far stronger than I gave myself credit for! It was a time in my life where I was doubting a lot about my life and this just gave me the boost I needed!!

Rena said...

I would say my last 5K. I held a faster pace that I wasn't sure if I could hold and got a new PR.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I needed to read this! I might use some of those quotes!

chattynatty said...

Sorry can't do Lou- GO BLUE!