If I could model my life off of one principle in this world it is this: always try your hardest. If you give something your best attempt, there is no way you can fail. There are three reasons why I believe that you should always try your hardest.
Reason 1: Trying your hardest will make you feel good about yourself. When I play soccer, playing my hardest is a major goal of mine in all of my games. When I don’t, my performance translates into a horrendous match. But when I play with enthusiasm and hustle for all eighty minutes, I feel proud of what was done during the competition and know that everything I had was left on the field. When you do anything half-hearted, afterwards you feel as though you could have done a superior job. This makes you feel awful about yourself. But, if you gave your best effort, you feel like you could be a role model to someone. By doing so you will have a positive attitude about yourself and what you have done. I know from personal experience that you feel great about yourself when you try your hardest. By trying your hardest, you feel as though your efforts are exemplary.
Reason 2: Trying your hardest will gain the respect of others. For example, if you see someone giving their all to get people to give to a charity, you will respect that they are working so hard for something despite the fact they probably are not going to be paid for it. When people see other people carrying something out to full capacity, they are inspired to do the same. They respect the fact that someone is working hard to achieve a goal, working hard for other’s well being, and working hard to know they have done all that they could for their cause. They may think this is not worth the effort, but this causes them to want to exert that kind of effort into whatever they are doing. By trying your hardest, you will more respected by every one.
Reason 3: Trying your hardest will gain the trust of others. Examples of this are apparent on almost any sports team. If you know that a teammate always works hard, you can trust them to do their job in a game. The same trust applies to you. With this confidence in one another, you and your teammates will work together effectively throughout a contest. When you know that someone always tries hard, no matter what the situation, you know that you can trust them to do an excellent job. Just as you trust other people to do something to the best of their abilities, you should give your best effort as well so people also trust you. By trying your hardest, you will be trusted by your peers.
Strive to do your best and you will be surprised by how much better your life is. You will feel good, be respected, and be trusted. Giving your all will enable you to live a healthier life and have the admiration of all.