Honor Your Effort

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

dian beachIn yoga it’s taught to honor the effort you bring to your practice. It’s important to focus on what you’re doing, rather than what you’re not able to do. And it’s important to stretch yourself to see what you can do if you try just a little harder. The same is true of life, of spirit, of coaching, of you.

Honor.

To some, honor means integrity. To some it means prestige. To some it means respect. To some, loyalty. What does it mean to you?

For me, the idea of honor means all of those things, depending on the context. As for the context here, I’d like it to mean respect. I respect the effort I put towards myself, towards my growth. I respect and honor the simple act of making the effort to grow and change. It’s as simple as that. Honor.

Your.

Your means your. Not your neighbor’s, your friend’s, your mom’s, your kid’s, your sister’s…it means yours. Your means your. Your honor. Your want. Your need. Your desire. Your wish. Your dream. Your fantasy. Your fancy. Your will. Your emotion. Your action.

Back to this honor thing. I’m honoring the growth I’ve made, the changes that have come about as a result of my own thinking, my own wishing, my own dreams, my own wants, needs, desires. I’m honoring what I believe is my own growth on my own path, which I have created and is not designed for anyone but me. I have created a path just for me, specifically for me, and I honor that path. My path. Honor Your.

Effort.

Action. Work. Exertion. Accomplishment. Achievement. Expression. Something you do.

The efforts I make to create this path of mine are efforts, indeed. I believe whole-heartedly in the Law of Attraction. I also believe that I can attract anything into my life I want, but without taking action [attrACTION], I cannot create anything. For the creation of my path, there needs to be effort on my part to create. The path comes together little by little, and I honor that effort, honor that path, honor my self in the effort put forth, the steps taken to make of my life what I wish it to be. Honor Your Effort.

Honor Your Effort.

So many times in my life I’ve looked at my path and seen only the portion that’s not created. The portion that’s not what I want it to be. The portion that is someone else’s dream and not mine. In 2009 I’ve taken some gigantic steps towards who I am becoming. It has not all happened at once. It’s happened with a lot of small steps. Some micro-movements, if you will. My job in personal growth is to honor my efforts, not to keep track of all that I’ve not yet accomplished or all that I can’t yet accomplish. If I can stay focused on all that I am doing and have done, then what’s to come cannot be a source of anxiety. This isn’t about deceiving reality, this is about honoring reality.

The reality is that when you are in a growth spurt (no matter how big or small you think it is), there has been effort. It’s time to acknowledge that effort. Appreciate that effort. Honor that effort. It’s yours, after all.

What efforts are you willing to honor about yourself today?

This post was inspired by this post. Thanks for the inspiration, Christine Briel.
Photo by: Noelle Mackey.
  • Christine Briel

    Thanks for the mention and I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Great content you have here.
    Chris 🙂

  • Thank you Chris =)

  • Christine Briel

    Thanks for the mention and I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Great content you have here.
    Chris 🙂

  • Thank you Chris =)

  • Kelly

    “The path comes together little by little…” In the past week someone asked me to think about what contribution I could make, and then I was to turn that learning or understanding from an idea into a reality. Boy, did I get stumped on that one. I think I got stumped because I tried to see the end result of what my contribution could bring about, for me and others. After I thought about it for a while, and after I gave the person who asked me an answer, I had another thought: What if it ,the end result, is not about knowing what *it* is but really more about “trying on” something (e.g. an occupation) and seeing if it fits, if it’s authentic to me. In other words, it’s less about the knowing and more about the trying.

    So today, I will not stress about not knowing, and instead, I will honor my trying. “I [will] honor that effort, honor that path, honor my self in the effort put forth, the steps taken to make of my life what I wish it to be.”

    • So with you on this: “What if it ,the end result, is not about knowing what *it* is but really more about “trying on” something” … If I have to *know* what the end result is, I’m in some serious trouble … we all are =)

      How’d that honoring go?

      • kellyg1137

        I’m still honoring, and finding that in doing so, I see and feel betterment in my trying.

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