I heard this story from a friend about a great coach. The coach told the athlete to do 6 rope climbs. The athlete, eyeing the rope, replied that she might push it and do 5 climbs.
The coach looked at the athlete for a moment. Then he said “Hmm. 5 isn’t 6.”
I love this story, because it demonstrates good coaching (and good self discipline in your own training). It’s easy to negotiate for something easier- but does doing the easier thing get you the results that you want?
Usually the easy way out doesn’t pay off. Half ass efforts don’t get half results- they get no results.
Make sure that you don’t mistake 5 for 6.