Verb     labor: to work hard; make great effort

In the online business world, there’s a running battle between those who say you have to work hard to succeed and those who suggest you should be more easeful.

At first this is super confusing when you’re new. You don’t know who to believe because reps on both sides have the type of lives and success you crave.

But when you stop thinking about it as an external “secret” to success that you don’t know, and instead apply it to your own life, the debate becomes comical.

Because they’re both right. They’re just talking about different things.

You do have to work hard, and you should be more easeful, but those aren’t contradictory.

For example, you don’t have to work hard for inspiration. You don’t have to force ideas or opportunities.

These things come by being easy on yourself. By creating space in your life for ideas and solutions to come to you and then trusting the guidance you’re given.

Then you work hard at two specific times:

1. To prepare yourself for opportunities and take advantage of them.

You have to be in the best possible position to take action when it’s time to act. So until that time, you can work on building your self-trust, technical skills, and unwavering belief in yourself.

You can clear yourself of any beliefs and habits that might hinder your action when it’s time, plus focus on honing what’s yours to control – your thoughts, words, and actions – into a success-ready trio. All the while, you stay focused on your vision – what you want to achieve and how you want to feel.

There is ease in this. You’re not spending this time beating yourself up about why you haven’t achieved your goals yet or wondering what’s wrong with you.

You’re spending it learning to trust and forgive yourself. Allowing yourself to have preferences, talents, and dreams. You’re unifying in body, mind, and spirit so that you can act as one streamlined lightening rod for divine inspiration.

That doesn’t mean it won’t be painful – self-growth frequently hurts. But it’s a process of easing into alignment, rather than forcing yourself to produce.

2. To act on the inspiration you have.

Once you open yourself to guidance, the stream is never-ending. Good ideas will flow faster than a river after rain. The challenge is taking action quickly and efficiently to bring them to life (this is where the preparation comes in).

There may be long nights and missed parties or family time. It may even feel like hard work. But it can still be easeful because you’re not pushing yourself to be responsible for the whole process.

You know your role is to bring the ideas to fruition, not to invent the ideas or manufacture the circumstances to create them. Your job is to act. Not out of competition or comparison – because you’re being led by guidance beyond what your mind can rationalize – but out of trust, faith, and self-belief.

So if you are sitting on an inspired idea right now, take action. If it feels hard, know you’re still doing alright.

Sometimes creating feels effortless because you’re acting from a place of alignment. But sometimes you still have some self-healing to do, so the process of bringing your dreams to life may hurt. You’re having to fight against your mind, beliefs, and training. That’s okay. Create anyway. Act on divine guidance anyway.

But if you feel stuck and like you have no ideas – you’re not sure what to do or where to go – then take it easy. You’re trying too hard.

Ideas aren’t part of your job. Your role is to prepare by aligning, then act once inspired.

So let yourself dream and rest. Get clear on what you truly want to achieve, feel, and be. Then start to build the beliefs and self-trust you’ll need to act later.

Has this helped you better understand how to blend times of ease and effort in your life? If so, leave a comment below about a time you took inspired action.

Be free. Be brave. Be YOU!