What is effort? The dictionary says it’s a vigorous or determined attempt. For us, it could be picking up the phone to call a friend, saying yes to a quick morning exercise and no to that extra piece of cookie, clearing out your e-mail, or dressing up for date night with your spouse, in an attempt to keep the friendship going, to stay healthy, to work effectively, or to stay in love.

Watching my toddler grow up and explore the world around her got me thinking, how do I show her that effort is important, and that effort is perhaps what gets you somewhere. I mean, along with patience and perseverance, effort sits in between. Truth be told, we’re still struggling on patience 😅 but we still have a long way to go anyway.

Praise their effort, not the outcome. That’s what they always say.

Another interesting take on effort : The All-Important Difference Between Effort and Effectiveness

What do you think?

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