I’m going to ask you to take the deepest breath you can after the following sentence. This is an exercise in doing your best. Breathe in as much as you can and then quickly read the next sentence.
Breathe in a little more. If you were able to breathe in just a little bit more, what gives? How was there still room? Because you didn’t go all out, you didn’t do your best, you did enough. Ask someone else to do this exercise, I bet they’ll have room for a little more air too.
Where else in your life are you holding back? Even if it’s just a little bit, compounding decisions make a big difference over time. 50 extra calories a day is 18,520 calories a year, about 5 pounds of extra fat. 5 years out of high school, maybe that's where the 25 pounds came from.
The next time you say, “I did my best,” mean it.