At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees it boils and turns to steam. That steam can power a train. The extra, one degree of effort is all it takes to go from water to steam. Are you living your life on cruise control? If so, you will always be mediocre and always missing the podium. So, I want to share with you what happens between, 211 degrees, and just one extra degree at, 212 degrees.
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Water boils at 212 degrees
Below 32 degrees, water is solid.
Above 32, water is liquid.
At 211 degrees, water is hot.
At, 212 degrees, water boils, it turns to steam, and steam can power a train. One extra, degree, can change the state of water. One extra, degree of effort, can be the thing that takes you to the next level. One extra, degree of effort, in sports and life, can separate the good from the great. One extra, degree of effort, can change your life.
Here are some examples of that one degree of effort.
- Olympic – Men’s Giant Slalom 0.17 seconds was the margin of victory that means that the winner gave that extra, degree of effort, to win by 0.17 seconds.
- Olympic men’s 800-meter 0.05 seconds margin of victory. That means a push at the finish line. 0.05 seconds is a neck!
By giving that one extra, degree of effort, moved them from hot to steaming, these champions achieved results beyond their wildest expectations.
Getting to 212 degrees daily
You can get to, 212 degrees, daily. The extra, degree of effort, is something we can all apply ..every day.
This is your life you are responsible for the results.
Those results that can take you beyond your wildest dreams.
So, if you want to win, then it is time to turn up the heat.
Nobody wants a Luke warm person.
Are you Lukewarm in your affections?
Lukewarm in your efforts?
If you are not feeling the heat, you are not pushing hard enough.
Have you ever tried to build muscle? How do you build muscle? You build muscle by giving that extra degree of effort to feel the burn. When you feel the burn, we always want to stop, but you have to do one more repetition, you have to feel the pain that extra degree of effort to get to 212 degrees!!
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he used to work his arms until they hung limp at his sides shaking.
Do you think he was lukewarm in his training? No, the 6-time Mr. Olympia had steam coming from his nostrils!
Here are 3 ways to turn up the heat to get you to 212 degrees:
Consider the ABC’s of change:
Attitude: Everything starts with your attitude. When you turn up the heat, water starts the process of turning into steam. A small change in your, attitude, can have a positive impact on your behavior. When you have a positive, growth mindset, gritty attitude, your behavior improves. When you believe you can do something, you attack it with more force. Approach everything with the right attitude. You have to believe you can win. Water knows it can turn to steam.
Behavior: Growth and improvement happen in small, consistent acts over time. Show me your habits and show me how you are acting and behaving and I will show you how you will perform. Water changes when its temperature changes. We perform better when we make positive changes in our behavior and have better habits.
Consistency: You can’t do something just once and expect to see change. When water gets to, 212 degrees, it starts to steam, but if you remove it from the heat then drops back down to, 211 degrees, it will return back to just water at 32 degrees. If you can’t stay consistent, you will fall back to who you were, lukewarm.
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