Friday, June 18, 2010
The Magic Of Effort
A lot of coaches have put up slogans in the gym like this: When the going gets tough,the tough get going. I'm sure many have seen it or had it quoted to them. It is worth thinking about. The extra bit of effort that you have to put out to keep your attention on your driving, to keep from giving up when you are learning something, to stay calm when you are trying to communicate and can't find the right words, to keep going when you are afraid it isn't going to pay off; all these various times you have to put out the extra push are more important than you know. To do the extra you have to reach down inside of yourself and gather up the strength you may not have known you had. If you practice acting on the principle "The little extra is far better than good enough" your life will greatly improve. Sometimes you may have to get a burst of energy to do the extra, other times it may be a matter of endurance. Whether you have to get a run on something or just hang in there, I urge you to put out the effort it takes to make things right, to put your signature on them. If you plan to lift a weight ten times, it won't hurt to go one or two more. If you meant to say hello to a neighbor, it won't hurt to truly smile and ask about their life. If you are doing something creative, it won't hurt to hunt for a way to add a bit of zing. The magic that surround you can help you with the energy to put out a good effort at what you do. You will enjoy the benefits. May the spark be with you.