Most of us would agree that we like to get rewarded for our work and hard effort. But it doesn’t always happen that way. Quite often we put out the effort and we don’t notice any results or not the results we had hoped for. But there is no question that our effort has helped us get further down the road. It makes us more determined and more focused especially when we get glimpses of the results that we were looking for. We learn from our effort and become more efficient.

We know what works and what doesn’t. All of learning is that way. In the beginning there is the hard work and enthusiasm, but when we don’t notice the progress we were hoping for, we lose our enthusiasm and quite often stop. At another time in our life, we repeat the cycle.

I know at times I struggle with making the effort, but I do it anyway. Of course my enthusiasm varies from day to day, but the doing and making the effort prepares me for those days when I have a breakthrough. Sometimes just beginning the task at hand is the biggest obstacle.

There are no shortcuts. You have to do the work. Dreaming and wishing and planning and intending all have their places, yet it is the effort that finally gets you there.



Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. A former trial attorney for 30 years, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He is the author of Dancing on the River…Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within.

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