In order to coast down the hill on your bike, with the wind in your face and to feel the joy of life, you have to put in the sacrifice and cycle up the hill before you can ride down.
Whatever we want, there is a sacrifice and without it, there is no value. Things that matter require effort.
We are told that there is a direct link between effort and outcomes.
Generally, we believe that more effort equals a better result.
This is only true if what we are putting effort into has a meaningful purpose for us.
We sometimes can put a lot of effort into something because we think that we are doing the right thing, often without much thought and out of habit. Or someone else dictates that we need to make more of an effort with something, often something that is important to them and not us.
Being obliged to make an effort works in the short-term, however, beyond that, there is always resistance, resentment and worsening outcomes.
Perhaps better to focus on what is the right thing for us and then put the dedication in.
The closer we get to do the things we love, then it is rarely an effort, more of a passion that you can not be taken away from easily. We then hardly notice time and we are engrossed in something that is ‘labour of love’.