Needs Effort

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“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”  -Author Unknown

It’s almost mid-semester, and I feel like I’m already running out of gas. I remembered a column I had read at the beginning of the year by Joe Robinson: “Don’t Give Up: Why Effort is the key to satisfaction,” and thought this time of the year is when I could use a re-read of this piece.
Here’s an excerpt:

Effort is your friend. It’s the unsung engine of the 40 percent of your potential happiness that you can actually do something about, that’s not inherited or the result of circumstantial influences (health, environment, geography). Researchers say that this chunk, known as “intentional activity,” is the best route to increasing and sustaining happiness, through self-chosen, positive experiences. All intentional activities require you to do something, so initiating and sustaining effort are essential to increasing your odds of finding real satisfaction.

In grade school, teachers have that “Needs Effort” stamp for assignments. This is one of those times when I need to be stamped with a “Needs Effort” on my forehead.


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