Effort vs. Right effort

When I work with clients, they tend to come to me with a laundry list of health and fitness to-do's: weight loss, core strength, improve energy, etc.

I rarely, if ever, become physical and tactical on the front end of a new engagement; it literally doesn't make sense. Implementing a diet and exercise program because someone is overweight is a thoughtless approach and an unsophisticated shot in the dark.

A month can easily go by before we begin exploring tactics...there's too much subtlety, context, and understanding to be considered before we can exert right effort.

Notice the subtle distinction between effort and right effort--it literally makes all the difference! Particularly in an instant gratification culture where we've become obsessed with reassurance and needing to know what we're doing "is working."

The only way to work towards right effort is as the saying ounce of planning is worth a pound of prevention. Otherwise, haste creates waste.

Of course, planning can be taken too far as well, where you're continually fixin' to get ready. However; that is certainly not the issue our culture is facing.

Invest the time to explore the pros and cons of various strategies as you narrow your focus down to a simple, sensible, and sustainable plan.

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver



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