If you want to stay motivated… then UP YOUR EFFORT! OK. Stop groaning!
When most people think of effort, they think of slogging through it, working one’s fingers to the bone, nose to the grindstone. I’m not talking about excessive physical and mental toil. I’m talking about using your physical and mental energy in ways that invigorate your game.
I first came across the idea of measuring effort when I read Pat Riley’s book years ago, on the Lakers’ breakthrough season, when they wonback-to-back basketball championships. I was impressed by how he could forecast a loss by how much effort players expended in their current game. He noticed that when they were scoring low on effort points, they were setting themselves up for losing. Coach Riley defined effort as going for the ball when it’s on its way out of bounds. It’s what you do when it looks impossible to score. It’s standing your ground in the midst of an offensive strike. It’s diving for loose balls. It may not look elegant, but it says you’re present and playing to win.