Dan Naden

Make an Effort — Personal

It pays to make an effort.
We can easily walk in a daze throughout life. We never stop to realize, “You know what…I am going through the motions here…”

Life is short. Life is fleeting. Let’s take advantage of the time that we have.
Sure, we need to set goals and plans –these are vital.

I believe, however, that your success and fulfillment is based on a few short principles:

Make an effort with loved ones:
If your parents are still with you, that’s great. If not, here’s hoping that you have had numerous opportunities to tell them how much you care for them. Luckily for me, my parents are still with us. I am thankful every day for their health and well-being. Don’t let any day pass without reaching out to your parents and letting them know how much you appreciate all that they’ve done and will hopefully continue to do for you. Trust me — they will sincerely appreciate the effort. Rinse and repeat with husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, sons, and daughters. Our time is short. Don’t waste another minute.

Make an effort with friends:
Reciprocity. Give and take. With some ‘friends’, doesn’t it always seem like take, take, take. Some other friends, you just keep giving, giving, giving, but you don’t sense a trust, a friendly bond. Don’t get discouraged. As Tom Petty (my favorite Rock and Roller, by the way) said, “It’s hard to find a friend..”

Hold onto the friends that you do have. You know who the true ones are because they will always stick by you through good times and bad times. It almost seems like you are in tune with one another as far as ‘needing to reconnect’, ‘catch-up’, or ‘just to see how things are going.” Let these special friends in your life know how much you really care about them. And always, always let me know that you enjoy helping them reach their true potential.

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll tell you about the keys to ‘Making an Effort’ professionally. You won’t want to miss this….

Thank you this opportunity to connect with you, the blogging audience…
Until next time…


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