Effort wins every time.  

Yes, talent gets you far, but only so far. It’s what we do day in and day out that determines our success. 

Have you ever thought about this…
The way we perceive ourselves may possibly impact the effort we put in? 
Does how “good” we are at a certain movements/workouts determine how hard we try or how much effort we put in? Do we try “less” because to try and fail doesn’t feel good? 

Is it easier to lesson our efforts so we can justify not doing well rather than put in maximum effort and not do well? 

This can also become very prominent when we start comparing ourselves to others. When we think we aren’t doing well or someone is beating us. Then does our efforts change? 

If you listen to Episode 19 of Chasing excellence – By Ben Bergeron, Katrin Davidsdottir talks about her failing the Legless Rope Climbs and missing out on the Games that year. She talks about Ben Bergeron (her current coach) sending her a text message saying “this could be the best thing that could happen to you.” 
Katrin was so frustrated, how could it be the best thing to happen? 
Later in the podcast Katrin talks about how she got mentally tougher from missing out that year on the Games. She said “ When something that devasting happens, either you are going to break down and give up or you are going to come back stronger.” 

All in all, effort is the one thing we can control on any given day. 
Losing/failing by giving full effort is not necessarily a failure, it’s just further preparing you for success. 

“ Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier