Work Versus Effort
When it comes to success — in business and personal life — , there is a slight difference between work and effort. But a subtle shift from work to effort can make a huge impact on how people feel about themselves inside and can help people transform into the best version of themselves.
Libertas’ own Justin Thorstad speaks about the difference that switching from work to effort had in his own transformation. He believes the number one thing that caused his transformation is actually his ability to put in the effort… not to be confused with the “hustle and grind” of work.
He shares the acronym “ACE,” which stands for Awareness, Commitment and Effort. With these three actions, he believes anyone can reach their highest potential and become the individual they want to be.
Justin admits he wasn’t ok inside, and he wanted to make a change. He knew he was the sole source of getting out of his old ways — but he was aware that needed help. So he committed to doing something about it – to become a different version of himself. And then he put in the effort to get there. He went to seminars and programs, he read books, he networked with like-minded people and he hired coaches — sometimes working alternately with two coaches at a time.
Most importantly, he implemented all he learned. Not eventually. Not partially. But immediately and fully. He listened to his coaches, took what they said to heart, and then he put in the effort to do what they suggested that he to do achieve his goals. He advises people that don’t want to do what their coaches suggest to ask themselves why. This could be out of fear of actually making the change or it could be because the coach’s suggestions don’t align with the person’s real goals. So he says it’s important for people to find a coach they trust.
As people work toward their own personal progress, Justin also advises them to reframe their approach to it. A personal transformation shouldn’t be work. It shouldn’t be a hassle. Personal growth should be as an opportunity to be the best, most beautiful version of one’s self. But he reminds people that they shouldn’t have to force it to make it happen. Instead of resisting, which feeds the hustle and grind, the process should be about allowing growth to happen.
Justin encourages people to use the ACE acronym as they journey along the path to their own personal transformation. He also suggests using the right resources to get there, and surrounding one’s self with the type of people to encourage this growth.