“We must undergo a hard winter with training and not rush into things for which we haven’t prepared.” Epictetus
With full commitment comes sacrifice. No great achievement is accomplished without hard work. There is ALWAYS a price to pay.
Epictetus makes this point…“Just a certain capacities are required for success in a particular area, so too are certain sacrifices required… . If true wisdom is your object and you are sincere, you will have work to do on yourself. You will have to overcome many unhealthy cravings and knee-jerk reactions.”
We have to endure pain (physical/emotional/spiritual) and hardship without grumble. We have to get our heads down, focus on the task at hand and shut out the rest.
Marcus Aurelius commanded himself to never shirk form hard work or duty. He would tell himself…“Never shirk the proper dispatch of your duty, no matter if you are freezing or hot, groggy or well rested, vilified or praised; not even if dying or pressed by other demands. Even dying is one of the important assignments of life and in this, as in all else, make the most of your resources to do well the duty at hand.”
(by Carl Neidholdt)