“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill
Muscle is only built through pushing your limits to the point of literally tearing the fiber. The fiber heals, grows, and becomes stronger. If you stop working out, your muscles will atrophy, and shrink. Personal growth works much the same way.
It is rare, if ever, that someone succeeds without first struggling. In sales, I have heard that it will often take the same client saying no 3 times before they say yes on the fourth try. Similarly, you have to hear no to even having a meeting 8 out of 10 times. Even then, I know from personal experience that clients will no-show. In both of these examples, it means, you have to hear a lot of “no” before you hear “yes.”
Sometimes we are gifted in a certain area. We do well without trying too hard, but to grow and become great, we still must put in the work. We practice, train, push our limits to the point of failure and then push some more.
Personally, I struggle with the continuous effort part. If success is not easy, it is easy to stop trying. I must remember that before strength and growth come effort and struggle. I feel that passion plays a huge role in this. One must have a passion to ensure the continuous effort and struggle because they are passionate about the end result. I failed at sales. I believe this was because I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing. I might have believed the financial services I was selling were good for the clients, but I wasn’t passionate enough to transfer the belief to the client. I wasn’t passionate enough to continue to hear no, no, no, no waiting to achieve a yes.
On the contrary, I once lost over 100 lbs over 18 months. This was a constant struggle, daily foregoing what I wanted to eat and instead make healthy choices. Daily, I had to take an hour out of my schedule workout out. I had the passion to endure the struggle and put in the constant effort. I was rewarded with literal strength and growth of my muscles, but personally as well.
Tell us in the comments about a time you endured continuous effort and struggle for the benefit of strength and growth?