On Sunday afternoon my oldest son, a high school sophomore, had a rec league basketball game. This is a fun league, low stress. No practices, just games once per week.
The bleachers were packed when we arrived as the previous game was still going, and I found myself surrounded by body odor, near audible eye rolling, and teenage angst.
I couldn't help but overhear the conversations going on around me, and I kept hearing the kids referring to the coaches for the two teams that were playing as "try hards". The teams playing were both undefeated, and the coaches ran plays and coached from the sidelines (not all teams in this league do that). (You would think that the fact that both teams hadn't lost a game would be a clue to the kids.)
I've heard my kids use that term, "try hard", before. It seems to be a negative connotation used when a person is "trying hard" at something when they don't necessarily have to.
This puzzles me.
When did putting forth effort become a bad thing, no matter the circumstances?
I'll be honest. In my experience this attitude isn't just reserved for our sweatier, smellier teen friends. I've seen MANY agents over the years that seem to have adopted the same attitude.
They want to be successful, but they don't want to try hard. You can associate with all the best people. Enroll in all the latest classes. Buy the newest gadgets and tools. Sign up for coaching even.
But if you aren't willing to do the work, to put forth the effort, none of it will work.
I've seen this throughout my career. I see it within my own brokerage, team and coaching program.
Heck, I'm guilty of it myself. I signed up for a course on manifestation with my friend Amy Broghamer at the beginning of the year, and after having issues getting the emails to come through, promptly forgot about it and haven't started yet. Last week I was excited to purchase a personal branding video masterclass from my friend Aliyah Dastour. I know that it will be beneficial to my business, but I haven't even started.
Here's todays lesson ... BE a try hard. Put forth the effort. Take the action. Send the postcard. Finish the course. Nothing works if you don't work it.
Now excuse me while I search up day 1 of my manifesting course and schedule time this week for my branding masterclass.