There's no hack for hard work.

In the Propelle Mastermind, recently, we talked about WHY any of us wake up and put energy into the world when the end game is not certain.  

Personally, when I'm feeling frustrated with "spinning wheels syndrome,"  I find the following two questions to be very helpful. 

1. Did I try my best today? 

When I shared my daily affirmations post a few weeks ago, my friend Elisabeth mentioned when she winds down in the evening she always asks herself, "Did I try my best today?"

It's super simple, and ever since she shared this with me I decided to ask this question after I read my nighttime affirmations. The days I'm able to answer with a heartfelt "hell yes" are by far my best ones. 

2. Did I work hard today?

Is it just me or has hard work been given a bit of a bad rap lately? It's true, we become entrepreneurs because we feel called to follow our passion —we don't have to answer to anyone or work a certain amount of hours per day. 

Turns out, following your passion is not enough. Your passion wants you to court it, share it, research it, practice it, and write about it. 

All of these things can be fun, but they are most definitely hard work and if you want to make progress your attention is required every day. 

Lisa Larter recently encouraged listeners on Periscope to embrace hard work and not pine after a 4-hour work week. For Lisa, taking her work seriously is a non negotiable and it's the way she has always approached life ... even at her first job cleaning cabinets for her aunt.

Lisa says hard work is challenging but it feels great and it's nothing to be ashamed of. It's something to be proud of. 

Preach, Lisa. 

If you want to really think about hard work, just study the life of any skilled musician ... famous or not. 

If you're not sure what musicians to check out,  I suggest diving in to one of my favorite happiness zones of the internet: NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts

(My friend Bridgette just sent me this one today featuring Leon Bridges ... 12:48 is THE most beautiful song I have heard in a long time.)

Can you imagine the hours and hours it took Leon to find himself crooning to the NPR offices and selling out his tour? He had to show up every day and practice ... not knowing if he'd ever make a dime.

I encourage you to think of your work as your art. As your MUSIC. No one can predict where our efforts will take us ... but I can promise you the more you show up and put in the good old fashioned hard work you will see results.

Because what you focus on grows.

Now go, work hard. Sing, write, make jewelry, collaborate, take photos, cook food, post on social media ... then rinse and repeat!