Our Moral Compass: Effort Means Everything

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”

-Arnold Palmer

Anything that we want in life only happens when we put forth a great amount of effort. Effort is that conscious realization that you are exerting some sort of power in an attempt to achieve something you desire. In today’s quote Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer recommends that we should always make a total effort even when the odds are against us. You see, the odds sometime will be in our favor which of course requires little effort on our part. But as we know, this is not always the case in order to achieve what we truly want. The key towards making that total effort when the deck may stacked against is through perseverance and/or grit. When this occurs, effort is truly on display. An example of this can be choosing to live a healthier lifestyle through eating right and exercising. At first it may be a challenge to avoid the sweets, eat less processed foods and maintain portion control when learning to eat better but through time and effort it will soon become a habit. The same is for exercising. By starting out small and purposeful, exercising will soon become a routine and you will be well on your way to living a healthier and happier life.

Effort can be seen made when wanting to keep a healthy and happy relationship. Ways in which this can happen is speaking highly of them to others, having clear and constant communication with them or putting their needs first before your own. If you think back on all of the things you have accomplished both professionally and personally it all came about because of the effort on your part. As I often have told my own students and my daughter that life will never just give us what we want. If it means that much to us, it is up to us to put forth the effort to make it happen. It is through our conscious decisions that makes anything in life that we want possible.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?

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