The reason my post was so drastic?
Maybe, to show: commitment, dedication, perseverance, pride, determination.
Now, I am not trying to say you need to go to the gym and set a goal to puke and cut up your shins everyday, but you should be putting forth your best effort and then some. That was the intention of my post; which was, as I said before, apparently missed.
Effort, inside and outside of the gym in most cases, leads to progression.