The more effort you put into something, the greater the reward. Here are 20+ inspiring effort quotes and quotes about effort.
20+ Quotes About Effort | Effort Quotes
“In order to achieve great things, you must stretch your beliefs, your efforts, and your tolerance.” – Brian Cagneey
“Exerting all your efforts on one thing is the most important thing that you have to learn to be.” – Bogdan Ivanov
“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr.
“What seems to motivate people has to do with the results of their own efforts and the feeling that they are contributing to the overall success of the enterprise.” – Kate Keenan
“The amount of effort you put in is the amount of results you end up with.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
“There is often a much simpler way of doing things – if you make the effort to look for it.” – Edward de Bono
“Again, it helps to have the company of someone who can inspire you to put in your best efforts. Inspiration will help you remain on track and do more in less time.” – Jill Hesson
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How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything
Even though it might not seem like it, how you do one thing in life or approach one area of your life is generally how you do everything. Here’s why how you do anything is how you do everything.
When I first heard this personal development concept a few years ago, I was in total denial. “What?” I thought. “No way is that true. I put all my effort into my career and zero effort into exercise…”
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are usually some underlying characteristics about how you approach things in life that are the same across a wide variety of areas.
For example, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to exercise (oops). I try to make it as easy as possible and make it part of my everyday activities instead of setting aside a specific time to workout. I might vacuum, walk to the store, do chores, etc, and get my exercise that way.
But I could also say that about other areas of my life, even my business. I like to automate social media, schedule out blog posts, and do things that let me be “lazy.”
So it’s not that one area of my life gets all my attention and the others are completely ignored: I actually do everything in a similar way.
You need to figure out what your natural style of doing things is so you can get better results in all areas of your life. For example, I like putting in a lot of work upfront and then “coasting” for a while, implementing life hacks, doing things that get me the most bang for my buck, leveraging my work multiple times, etc.
For example, I don’t really like cooking because it’s something you have to do repeatedly everyday. But if I were to look at my method for approaching other areas of my life and assume that the way I’m doing things in the best areas of my life can be applied to any area, I might have the idea to cook a large batch of food one day and then save the rest in the freezer or fridge.
Or if I wanted to add some healthy habits to my day, I might add in a walking meditation so I can get exercise AND meditation done at the same time and be super productive.
It might not be the traditional way of doing things, but it would be something that would work with my own natural habits and work tendencies.
So if certain areas of your life are lacking but at least one area is doing ok, try to figure out what you’re doing that’s contributing to your success in that area (or what has worked in the past).
Sure, you can try to push through and force yourself to do things that you don’t like doing, but you’re much more likely to stick with making changes in your life if you can take action in a way that works for you personally and your own style of taking action.
You just have to test things and see what works. 🙂
Inspirational Effort Quotes
“When you first begin a project, you may only have enough time to do a little. Over time, however, what may first appear to be small efforts will multiply and end up being significant!” – Catherine Pulsifer
“It takes superhuman effort to focus on a task when you’re surrounded by distractions. But when you remove distractions in advance, no such effort is required: concentration flows.” – Nick Winter
“Any worthwhile, let alone noteworthy achievement is inherently tough. It takes considerable effort, energy, and sacrifice – sacrifice – usually over a significant period of time – to make it happen. Otherwise, it’s not an achievement. That’s GRIT. Without it, nothing happens.” – Paul G. Stoltz
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly
“By identifying the 20 percent of efforts that matter most and produce the greatest results, anyone can save time, improve performance, and simplify their life.” – Michael Linsin
“Never did I imagine luck as something I could create with my own effort. But it made sense.” – Anthony Frasier
“The best sort of character, however, cannot be formed without effort. There needs the exercise of constant self-watchfulness, self-discipline, and self-control.” – Samuel Smiles
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi
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More Quotes on Putting in Effort
“Once we learn how to decide and act, we’ll become efficient and productive with far less effort.” – Jeremy Lubremeyer
“The brain is one truly amazing organ, and the power it wields can propel you to greatness only if you put in the necessary effort.” – Annabelle Higgins
“Perfectionism is a time waster – 20 percent of the effort you put into any project accomplishes 80 percent of the outcome – so this is a time to ask yourself when good enough is enough and then stop.” – Mira Kirshenbaum
“It still takes a serious commitment and honest effort for your goals to come to fruition.” – Alex Altman
“Effort is the extension of the will; without a will, without determination, there can be no effort.” – Byron Pulsifer
“Success is a matter of individual effort only to the extent that each person must decide, in his or her own mind, what is wanted.” – Napoleon Hill
“Excellence without effort is as futile as progress without preparation.” – William Arthur Ward
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