From the day we're born, we're told to Work Hard. We're told to work hard in school to get good grades to get into a good college, to get a good job later in life. While there may be some variation to this statement, it ultimately boils down to this one idea that working hard will pay off and that you don't get anything that you don't work for in life. It's something that we tell ourselves to motivate us to keep going. It's something to get us through the worst days and the best days because someday, everything we've ever wanted will be in our reach.

Work hard for what you want

While life won't play out exactly the way that we expect it to and we may not get everything we want, I do still believe in the strength of the statement that nothing Worth having comes Easily. No matter what it is, you have to work for it and work hard. Whether you'd like to be a CEO of a company someday or you want to be able to do 100 pushups, it's not going to happen overnight. Goals require planning, determination, and an unwillingness to give up in the face of all challenges and obstacles. As is pointed out by the Power of Positivity Website, "Challenges and mistakes are what create the opportunities to put positive momentum, growth, and success into place."

The easy road

The truth is, taking the easy route won't get you anywhere, it will get you just far enough.

You can get by with doing the bare minimum but doing the bare minimum won't make your dreams a reality. Nobody changes the world by simply doing just enough. So, when you want something - anything - you need to give your best effort. You need to give your all - your 110 percent.

Cliche doesn't mean bad

After a while, these things may start to sound cliche and overdone, but there's a reason for that.

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You hear it all of the time because it's true, and cliches are cliche because they need to be said over and over again. When we hear something enough, we begin to believe it, and that's the point of inspiring speeches and messages. It's so easy for us to get down on ourselves and fall into the pit of pessimism, but if we hear these uplifting words enough, maybe, just maybe, we'll start to embrace them.

Control is an interesting concept

We might not be able to control everything, but we can control a whole lot. Discipline, drive, and the ability to get up in the morning, no matter how comfortable the bed might be, is what enables us to achieve greatness. If we simply remember that nothing worth having comes easily, then maybe we won't be so caught up in simply finding what's easy and accepting the bare minimum. Perhaps, we'll be ready to put forth that extra effort and take on what we deserve.