Anyone who deeply desires to do/ have/ achieve/ or become anything (in every area of their life) LOVES the effort which he/she MUST exert to obtain their desire. Developing a strong desire to achieve/ get what you want (in every area of your life) is NOT enough — it MUST be paid for in strokes of daily effort.
The problem is that many people have a strong desire to do/ achieve/ have something but are reluctant to pay the price in daily effort. They have tremendous desires which they wish to obtain by wishful thinking or by having someone else make it easy for them. As a result, you see other characteristics in their features: you see laziness, weakness, and frustration there. You do not see in such a face the strength of a man/ woman who will go out there to get what he/ she wants with love of every effort of it.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands…so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."—1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV)
Moreover, you may lack incentive for effort to get what you want (in every area of your life) simply because your desire is weak. Lesser desire lessens the effort. As a result, drudgery and monotony then creeps into ability instead of love, and the work toward achievement ceases long before the man/woman of intense desire even thinks of tiring.
"You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it — because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don't you see?" — Harland Sanders
To solve this problem, take some time (about 15 - 30 minutes) to think about what the goal/ dream/ task/ or project means to you (before you take a step each day), and the benefits you will gain from completing it. Then, tell yourself that you love your work and the effort you exert to get what you want; let yourself begin to feel excited and emotional about it, and in no time you should be feeling ready to do what you have planned to do.
Furthermore, write down many "I love the effort" statements for each goal you set (in every area of your life) to change how you feel about your work. To help you with this activity, I've listed a few examples below (in every area of life):
1. I love the effort which I must exert to become a savvy/ smart investor.
2. I love the effort which I must exert to become financially literate.
3. I love the effort I must put forth to make my business (be specific) succeed.
4. I love the effort I must put forth to make an A grade in this (be specific) course.
5. I love the effort which I must exert to find a job.
6. I love the effort I must put forth to become an excellent engineer/ doctor/ lawyer/ professional speaker/ teacher …
7. I love the effort which I must expend to earn a Master's degree in … (be specific).
8. I love the effort which I must expend to get back in shape…
9. I love the effort which I must put forth to become a romantic husband/ wife …
10. I love the effort I must expend to speak fluent German/ Spanish/ English/ French/ Japanese/ Chinese …
11. I love the effort I must put forth to break/ kick this (be specific) bad habit.
12. I love the effort I must put forth to overcome this (be specific) addiction.
13. I love the effort which I must exert to become spiritually mature.
14. I love the effort I must exert to do the things that are pleasing in God's eyes.
15. I love the effort I must exert to improve my writing/ drawing/ speaking skills …
The Bottom Line: When you are involved in what you really want to do/ achieve (in every area of your life) your work becomes a "labor of love" and you enjoy a wonderful sense of satisfaction when you have completed it.
To Your Success,