38. Effort

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. “ -Winston Churchill

As a younger man, I was always haunted by the word potential. I would constantly hear from teachers, disciplinarians, friends and parents, including my own; you have so much potential. In truth, I doubt I had any more potential than the next person, what I did have was a complete lack of focus, direction and effort to become a better me.  I believe what they were referring to was some form of disappointment revolving around my life choices at the time. Today I feel that we all have the potential to be perfect expressions of life on a daily basis, all that is required is continuous effort in that direction.

Looking back over my life it is easy to see when things began to change in a positive direction.  I can pinpoint events and circumstances when I choose to put in work and let go of expected outcomes.  The results have spoken for themselves; I feel my life today is an example of that potential people spoke of when I was younger.

The beauty of this concept is that as much as I feel I have incorporated it in my life I can always find spots where more effort and commitment will help me achieve the next goal I have set for myself.  I recently found myself in a space where I was wanting something to happen for me, this made me feel pretty uncomfortable because after some introspection I found that I was not willing to put in the work.  Today I get to look at my wants and desires from yet a new perspective, do I want something bad enough to put forth the effort or do I just expect things to happen for me?

Affirmation: Today is the perfect day to go get what it is I want and release the things I am not willing to work for.

Call to action: Make a list of the things you want in your life today.  Do not be shy to put everything down from the material to the ethereal.  Now write out how you can get those things.  Finally ask yourself if you are willing to put in the effort for them. If the answer is no, it may be a good time to release that space in your core for the things you are willing to work for.

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