My desire to perform exceptionally is fueled by many things, one of which is certainly effort. However, the amount of effort I expend mentally and physically is also strongly related to my commitment to always do the best I can; for instance, if I exerted just enough effort to achieve what I desire, then what’s left? There has to be enough of an intrinsic drive to simply do what I do, regardless of what I desire or want. I guess I fall into “revel the journey” camp, as opposed to being singularly focussed on the destination.
Intriquing question. I wonder what you were hoping to unearth?
As I see it…
Let me reframe these answers to say that if we chose a value driven life, then we are pulled towards our goals, like a sail in the wind. A value driven life, fully expresses who we are, and therefore of little, if any effort.
If a desire is not an intrinic value, and it is an extrinsic want, than we are doomed to always be pushing ourselves towards the goal, much like the unfortunate race horse, always being whipped to the finish line.
Having a clear picture of what we value, what we need to be a full expression of our unique gifts, and how we go about it in the world, makes the journey more enriching.
This reminds me of goals. It’s only a goal if you strive to attain it. Once you attain the goal, it ceases to be a goal and it’s now an accomplishment.
Hmmmm… I think that it’s probably equally important for desire be in congruence with effort. You have to be realistic enough to know when to move on and when to keep trying. We’ve all heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. I think that applies here.
I like to think that my effort meets my desire most of the time. I aimed to finish college early. I ended up busting my butt and I got my 4 year degree in just under 3 years. I really wanted to get involved in personal training, and as far as I know, It appears that I’ve put more effort into getting educated about the job and the fitness industry than my peers who are of the same chronological experience as me. Of course, comparing yourself to others in this sense is never really a good indicator, or at least it shouldn’t be, of how satisfied you are with yourself. I can say that I have enjoyed learning in my life, and I remain fulfilled in that sense. I feel like my desire and my efforts are in a good balance, which I hope will continue to help me be successful.
This is a great question. I wish more people would respond to it!