Effort Required

April 26, 2012

I do not believe in quick fixes.

In our culture of get rich quick and instant gratification, it can be difficult to remember that mastery of anything requires an investment of time and energy. I believe that when we look for the quick fix we do ourselves, and our greatest work, a gigantic disservice.

To me, we are on a hero’s journey.

I’ve pursued my share of “quick fix” solutions and the one thing I’ve learned over and  over is that when I find myself lured by the promise of something coming quickly and without much effort on my part, I am engaged in magical thinking – not wanting to take responsibility for the outcome I desire.  I am looking for something outside of myself to fix me. I want life to be easier.

It’s a great distraction from doing what I KNOW needs to be done.

Effort doesn’t mean it has to be hard.

But you know sometimes it is.

Instead of wanting it to be easy, to be fixed for us, perhaps it would be better to ask for strength and courage for the way ahead.  To ask that we are able to face the obstacles as we take one step, and then the next.

To ask that we can be at peace with the effort that is required of us.

Are you willing?

The women that really take the most away from working with me are the ones who are willing to commit to themselves. They know that there isn’t a quick answer or fix that will magically cure their sense of worth, help them heal their money legacy, create a new legacy, or take the practical actions they need to take to get their financial house in order.

They know, deep down, that they are the master of creation in their lives and they are willing. They say, “Yes” to themselves, day after day.

So what would it be like?

To feel great about charging for your amazing services?

To know where you stand, financially?

To make decisions that are aligned with your true business desires?

To embrace and OWN the work you came to do?

Is it worth the effort that is required?

It’s important to ask yourself, “Am I ready to do the work?  To dig deep?”

And if the answer is no today, be okay with that. Trust yourself.

But if it IS your time, know that the women who create a peaceful relationship with money and prosperity and business success are willing to do the deep inner – and outer – work. They actively commit to aligning their beliefs about money, work and worth, their energy, and their practical, day to day actions – for success.

They are willing to step through fear and do what needs to be done.

Where are you willing to make the effort today? 

Celebrate that willingness.  And then give it all you’ve got.

Namasté, business yogini!

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    Michele Woodward April 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm




    Excellent, wonderful, powerful, meaningful, necessary post, Nona.

    You, as you well know, rock. it.

    nona April 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    MIchele, lunch with you inspired me to finish this post. You rock it too, lady!!! Thank you for commenting…. xoxo

    Ann Burrish April 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    You had me at the word “effort”. :) I realize that words have different connotations to different people, but for me both “work” and “effort” make me want to flex my muscles and go for it. I think they have gotten a bad rap – likened to punishment. Great post all around.

    Namaste to you, too,


    nona April 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Aw, Ann – I have had a love/hate relationship with effort in this lifetime – a related word that I used to abhor is “discipline” which is now one of my go-to comfort words. Thank you for commenting, lovely!!


    Ann Burrish April 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Along the same lines, I do an automatic nose wrinkle at the word “challenge” – not the concept. It goes back to elementary school – math was easy for me and I routinely completed my assignments early. I remember my teacher regularly encouraging me to continue with the “Challenge Problems” – when what I wanted to do was read my Nancy Drew book while the class finished. :)

    Gail Kenny April 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I totally agree with you and thank you for the encouragement to keep going and knowing that everything I’m doing and learning now has value. It helps me to be patient with the process. Your words bring me peace.
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    Dawn Kotzer April 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    thanks for this, Nona. We can never have too many Reminders of things that point is our best direction.

    amy zellmer April 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    What a great reminder. I think a lot of times we get caught up in the “effort” and think it is going to be “hard” and that doesn’t have to be the case!! Thanks for the encouragement!!

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