Your Work Ethic is Your Most Controllable Asset
There are a lot of things that we cannot control. There are a lot of ways to ensure that your own success, happiness, and future is what you want it to be. But there's one particular major thing that we can control that contributes to our success and happiness, and that is our work ethic. It's the one thing we have the most influence over, the most power over, and the most control over. In order to have an idea on how your future will play out pertaining to your dreams, visions, and goals, you must look at yourself and understand what kind of work ethic you actually have compared to where it needs to be.
How hard are you willing to work? How far are you willing to go? How strong are you willing to be? How deep are you willing to hurt? Because there will be a lot of pain along the way. The bigger the vision, the bigger the goal, the longer the road, the harder the process, the more painful the journey. But at the end of the day, the greater the result, and that's every bit worth it.
There are many ways to get to your destination, but there's only one thing that will make you get there, and that's how much effort you put into it. You can talk all you want, plan all you want, envision all you want, but until you put in the grind, the sweat, the effort, the hours, and make the necessary sacrifices that it'll take, you'll always be far away from that feat. Before all that, you have to know what you want. You must have a goal or many goals, especially the things you want most in life. Goal-setting allows you to create a sense of direction and purpose. It forces you to target your ambitions towards your force of action while determining the output that it will take to get there. Goal-setting motivates you to achieve what you want most, but that's just the easy part.
Once you being setting your goals, setting your eyes on your deepest desires, your ideas result in a different level of motivation that will fuel your drive, and ultimately your work ethic, and that's passion. It gives you something to look forward to, provides an ample amount of choices and decisions that you don't need permission to make, and aligns you with the things you want most in life. It gives you purpose and builds that potential of a ceiling that will come to be your most controllable asset, your work ethic.
Your work ethic will be your business card. It will be the very thing that aids your legacy in the most valuable way that it will prevent anybody from ever trying to distinguish how you achieved the things you have in life. It provides you with the security of knowing that you aren't given anything, rather you earn and deserve everything. It will be the very thing that defines you throughout your journey while inspiring, influencing, and motivating others around you to do the very same thing; pursue their own passions and goals. You get to a point where people can no longer question your desire, your integrity, your ambition, or your grind simply because you've been proving them wrong the whole way, even though your focus has always been about proving yourself right. There's just one thing you must remember, there will always be pain, discomfort, and the struggle.
It is the process of struggling that enlightens what you are made of and the level of strength that you have within yourself. It enhances your character and ultimately, makes you stronger. The way in which you respond to adversity, ridicule, judgement, and mockery will make it apparent just how driven you are and how willing you are to go through the process in order to succeed and be happy. This is all tied to your work ethic because you are able to control what you are willing to put up with and go through in order to grow the most and become the most.
Sure, you can be motivated. Sure, you can have ambitions and goals. But until you are truly ready to let go of everything that has held you back, that has kept you from succeeding, and to put in every ounce of effort into achieving what you want most, you will not truly be happy. You will not truly understand what it means to be successful until you are fully capable of understanding the amount of work ethic that is required from you to go the lengths you wish to go. You will get knocked down, and you will fail often. Your plans won't always go as expected and there will be plenty of people trying to tear you down. What matters most is what you're willing to do to keep pushing forward. How far are you willing to go? How hard are you willing to work? When you want something badly enough in life, the answer is as far and hard as it takes.
It will always be on you to control the outcome and result of every situation. The problem is, you won't always be able to. However, you will always be able to control the reactions and the actions that come afterwards. It's important to remember, you are not a product of your circumstances, but you are most definitely a product of your actions and decisions. Everything you want in life comes down to one thing, and that will always be your work ethic, your most controllable asset in order to achieve those very things. When you work harder than everyone else, you don't need anything to be given to you. You earn it, and in return, you deserve it. It's so much more rewarding when you're finally able to wake up one day and say "I made it" while doing so through your own hard work and efforts.
In the world we live in today, nothing can define the person who you are more than your work ethic. It tells a person everything they need to know about you. A strong work ethic is one of the most important components to building a successful life and career, and certainly the most controllable one. It allows you to train your mind and body to make hard work automatic. It becomes second nature, especially when it comes to the things you are passionate about. At the end of the day, it will help you flourish throughout your life whether you are seeking particular employment or trying to progress in your career path. When you are satisfied with your efforts, you will derive a greater satisfaction of the results you produce because you are fully engaged in what you are doing. This is when 'work' becomes your lifestyle, and it isn't just work anymore. It becomes your happiness.