Your Effort


Welcome to this week’s wisdom for the Inner and Outer You.

Hello seekers of wisdom. I hope you are enjoying the tail end of summer, I know I am.

Last Saturday we had another great meditation morning with one of the participants having a glimpse of her past life. I hope you will be able to make the next morning coming up on September 29th from 10am to 12 noon. For details of up coming events please visit

This week I wanted to share an excerpt from my book. This short piece is from chapter two and the segment is called “Your Effort” Please enjoy.

Your Effort

Peaks Mountain in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

Your effort is the root of all achievement. If you want to get to the top of a mountain, just sitting at the foot thinking about it will not get you there. It is by making the effort of climbing up the mountain, step by step, that eventually the summit is reached. Thus, no matter how many people seek to change their lives from the knowledge in this book, they must put the teachings into practice before the desired results can be obtained.

Terry Hodgkinson at the top of the Peaks Mountain in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

Without your effort, which is in itself an act of will, nothing can be achieved. It is also good to be aware of misguided efforts, as these can distract the mind from its more beneficial tasks, and confusion will be the consequence. Mental energy is the force behind right effort; it can occur in either wholesome or unwholesome states. The same type of energy that fuels desire, envy, aggression, and violence can on the other side fuel self-discipline, honesty, benevolence, and kindness.

When I was a young student in martial arts I was having a discussion on intention and effort with one of the master teachers. He gave an analogy that I will always remember, due to the profoundness of his example. The question I asked him was, “How much effort should one use when achieving a goal?”

He said, “That’s a great question. For a martial artist, there is only one kind of effort and that’s total.”

I asked, “What do you mean? How do I measure total effort?”

He said, “Well let me give you an example. If we went down to the lake and went in the water and I held your head under the water, how much effort would you put into getting up if only five seconds had passed?”

I said, “Well, five seconds is not a long time, so maybe a little.”

He said, “How much effort would you put into getting up for air if I held your head under the water for 15 seconds?”

I said, “Probably a little more.”

He said, “And what about 30 seconds? How much then?”

I said, “Well, I think a little more, as that’s a while under water now without breathing.”

He said, “Okay, what about if I held your head under the water for a whole minute or more; then how much effort would you put into getting up to the air?”

I said, “I would put everything I had. I would punch, kick, scratch, whatever I had to do!”

He said, “That’s total effort. Giving it your all! Now what you want to do is have that commitment to total effort right from the beginning of all that you do.”

After a few long six month sabbatical wandering trips around Asia, Terry Hodgkinson decided it was time to write a book about his adventures and lessons learned.

Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja is packed with great wisdom that Terry has collected along the Way. You can read the first chapter by simply visiting and entering your email address. It will then be sent to your inbox for your review and has sound principles and meditations that you can start implementing and practicing immediately.

For more information on Terry’s book please click: Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja

Quote for the week:

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”

– Albert Einstein



About Terry Hodgkinson

Terry J. Hodgkinson is a MindFit consultant. He owns Positive Changes Hypnotherapy and Meditation Centre in Toronto, Canada. As a corporate trainer, keynote speaker and retreat leader he enjoys his work so much that he calls it his passion. In 2009 Terry's book, Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja - Walking the Path of Enlightenment was published. *For information on Terry's international retreats visit: *Book Terry for your next event visit: *Martial arts training visit:
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