The question I have to ask you is, “How badly do you want your goal?” If the answer is not very much, then put this book down and choose another book. Otherwise this is the book you should read to reach your goal. Forces and pressures hold us back from pursuing that long forgotten goal. So what happened? Who is to blame? How did we lose sight of our goals? How can we pursue them again? Strangely it is easier than you may think. All it requires is a willingness to act. A willingness to make an effort. E is for Effort is a book that examines why we put our dreams and goals on hold and what can motivate us to act. The book lifts the veil of the comfort zone in which we surround ourselves, and the steps we need to take be successful. Dissecting the lives of successful people and discovering they were ordinary people like you and I. From their first step to their final step of the journey. This book will challenge you to start and take that first next step. Are you prepared to keep going, no matter how many times you fall along the way? The cage door of your life was never locked. Push it open and discover your freedom. It’s all about you. It always was. E is for Effort is a book that examines why we put our dreams and goals on hold and what can motivate us to act. The book lifts the veil of the comfort zone in which we surround ourselves, and the steps we need to take be successful. Dissecting the lives of successful people and discovering they were ordinary people like you and I. The question is, “How badly do you want your goal?"
You may identify with some parts of this book and not with other parts. That’s ok, use the parts you identify with, and dwell on the parts you do not. They may make sense in time as you begin to see the bigger picture. Feel free to jump to whatever section catches your attention. The sections are interrelated, and each section forms part of the whole.
It will be a journey of self-discovery. Concepts, motivational quotes and tools will help you realize your full potential. But at the end of the day, it will require you to make an effort to act on your goals. Effort is a simple ingredient, freely available to everyone, but rarely called upon.
The famous people you hold up as extraordinary on closer examination are just ordinary people. They shared the same street, schools and hardships as everyone else. They had the same amount of time available as everyone else. So what makes them special? What makes them extraordinary? That extra prefix comes from the extra effort they were prepared to make. They made an extra effort to act. In-action creates nothing new. Only Action creates results. The result may be a success or it may be a failure. But nonetheless a result. Their courage to persist and fail again differentiates ordinary people from extraordinary people.
Both Success and Failure require action. But when action is coupled with persistence and determination, success will ultimately follow. You may have to fall a thousand times, but eventually you will succeed. That is the journey you must take. It will be the journey you will remember in the end. An ordinary person cannot make the time is for Effort. An extraordinary person does.
Are you prepared to go the extra mile? To run that extra lap, when your legs are aching? You run faster as your lungs are burning? To make that extra phone call for that next sale? Knock on that extra door for that job? Sacrifice the extra hour of personal time to study for that qualification which may provide you that promotion?
If you want an extraordinary life, then do something extra.
You will need to change your habits. The definition of insanity states it is where people keep doing the same thing but expecting a different result. One does not get different results by doing the same thing. You need to act differently. My apologies for stating the obvious, but unless you change your actions, nothing will change in your life. You will keep on getting the same outcome. And you will be stuck in your way of life forever and a day.
We all come from different backgrounds and beliefs. Some of you will be more religious or spiritual than others. Whether you believe in God or the Universe or a large Rock, you will have a mental framework of the universal forces at work about you. I will make reference to God and the Universe from time to time throughout the book, but you can draw your own relevancies