I have found thru my experience that effort without focus is just hard work without results. We are raised thinking that hard work is all it takes, coupled with effort and dedication. Although those are very important ingredients, those have to be focused, directed, and sometimes redirected to accomplish what we want.
It is easy to get distracted into a ton of effort – I am guilty of it – and forget our focus or take our eye from the target. It can happen while we are pursuing the target or it can happen without even noticing. One day, the target gets blurry, and the vision needs to become clear again. If we are lucky, or in tune with Spirit, we recognize that we need to clean our lenses and re-focus. This time it becomes a bit easier, because you know how easy it is to lose focus while working hard. In the end, you emerge a bit wiser, more alert, and thank God for waking you up.