Nearly Everything That Generates Enduring Value Requires Effort, Focus, And Discomfort
Humans are deeply wired to avoid pain. When given a choice, you are likely to choose the path of least resistance over discomfort, even when the latter will bring you long-term progress, personal growth, and success.
The desire to achieve success is universal. Everyone wants success in all areas of life. But many people have put off any form of hard work and are seeking shortcuts to almost everything. An easy way out to success. But you can’t create enduring success in any endeavour without effort, insane focus and some level of discomfort.
There is no success without considerable effort.
The good news is that you absolutely can succeed. It is well within your grasp. The sad truth is that not everyone will experience the success that is potentially available to them. Many people have no desire to invest the effort required to achieve success.
Consistent effort has a lot to do with your success
A large part of success is putting in the time each and every day. Nobody is great without work. Hard work is always the baseline of great achievements. Nothing spectacular comes without it. Getting organized is hard work. Setting goals, making plans to achieve them, and staying on track is hard work.
People don’t fail to succeed, they fail to make the effort to succeed. To succeed in any endeavour of your choice, you need a commitment to intentional effort.
“Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by, by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you who really wants to do what you’re doing. And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.” says Maria Bartiromo
Greatness isn’t handed to anyone; it requires a lot of hard work. The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to their crafts.
Winston Churchill, one of the 20th century’s greatest orators, practiced his speeches compulsively. Vladimir Horowitz supposedly said, “If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, my wife knows it.
Michael Jordan practiced intensely beyond the already punishing team practices. The all-time-great football receiver Jerry Rice — passed up by 15 teams because they considered him too slow — practiced so hard that other players would get sick trying to keep up.
Bill Gates saw the dawn of the PC and worked hard to put a computer on every desk. John D. Rockefeller, too, saw ahead when the world-changing new industry was oil and took advantage.
Theodore Roosevelt did everything anyone ever told him he couldn’t do.
Very few have ever failed with the hard work approach to making it in life.You may rise slowly, but you are sure to rise.
There’s only one way to the top: Hard Work and sustained effort
There are no shortcuts to lasting success, only smartcuts. Many people will do what’s easiest and avoid hard work — and that’s precisely why you should do the opposite. Lasting success can only be achieved if you put in the work. Jim Rohn says “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
There’s no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice.The most accomplished people needed years of hard work and smart choices before becoming world-class.
Stephen King once said “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
And as Henry Ford says, “The harder you work, the luckier you get” — the more successful you get!
Your success is entirely up to you. If you want to succeed, then your commitment to “effort” must be absolute.
Purposeful direction is everything
Time and energy are precious but limited resources. In life, you can either be the hammer or the nail. You can apply force and energy where you want it to go, or you can react to the force and energy of others.
To succeed, you have to purposefully decide what to do, where it fits in your day, and how to get it done.
If you’re serious about achieving anything you set out to do, give it your undivided attention. “Focus” isn’t easy. It takes time, effort, and active concentration. Focus is a skill we develop over time. Like any skill, it requires practice.
Attention is a finite resource. It’s our most important tool in the task of making progress when you choose to work.
Distractions are always much more tempting than difficult work, much more comforting than facing fears. Your ability to overcome distractions can significantly improve your level of focus.
In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, Viktor E. Frankl says “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
Once you have defined your aims and what you want, it is easier to deal with doubts. Easier not to get distracted from what is important, keep your focus, and keep moving.
Only sustained movement in one direction can bring tangible results. You have permission to change your goal, rethink, choose another, by all means.
Napoleon Hill once said “There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
Focus is one of the most important factors for achieving any goal or sticking to a new habit. That means to focus on something we have to convince ourselves it’s worth our effort and attention.
A typical day can be choked with 50 things to do, many of which have nothing to do with what you really want to achieve in life.
When your mind and efforts are scattered like that, nothing gets done well, and some high priorities may get set aside or forgotten.
Starting today, identify the distractions from your goals. Get rid of them and find time for what is truly important. Anything that does not help you accelerate towards your ultimate goal is a distraction.
Use time efficiently as you cannot create it
Starting today, get comfortable with discomfort!
Jerry Dunn once said “Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits.”
The secret to success lies in the very thing you’re avoiding. Those things that seem to break you down and humble your spirit. Seek out discomfort. Be deliberate about doing things that push your limits magnificently.
“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something others are unlikely to do because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.” says Seth Godin
Difficulty helps us to grow. If you want long-term success, stop avoiding what’s hard, and embrace it now. If you’re truly pushing yourself to improve — in any capacity whatsoever — you are uncomfortable.
In an interview with Outside Magazine, Dean Karnazes (The Ultramarathon Man and Author of “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner”, made a profound statement:
“Western culture has things a little backwards right now. We think that if we had every comfort available to us, we’d be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now we’re so comfortable we’re miserable. There’s no struggle in our lives. No sense of adventure. We get in a car, we get in an elevator, it all comes easy. What I’ve found is that I’m never more alive than when I’m pushing and I’m in pain, and I’m struggling for high achievement, and in that struggle I think there’s a magic.”
When you are challenged, you are asked to become more than you were. That means creating new perspectives, acquiring new skills and pushing boundaries. In other words, you have to expand your understanding in order to be able to overcome the obstacles facing you.
If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.
Learning to be comfortable with discomfort is one of the most important skills you can ever have to live a truly fulfilling life. If you learn this skill, you can master pretty much anything.
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