The sixth step in the Eightfold Path is Right Effort. What are some of the attributes of Right Effort?
- Positive Thinking
- Cheerful Determination
- Not being impatient
- Understanding that to follow the way is a marathon not a sprint
Applying right effort requires a dogged determination to follow the way especially during difficult times in our life. Plowing ahead towards our goal and using the Eightfold Path to lead us forward. You probably know people like this that are always moving forward with a positive attitude, not mired down in self pity. A Buddhist understands that life has its ups and downs, but by living with right effort they will ride out the storm and continue their journey down the path overcoming the causes of suffering.
Remember right effort will increase happiness, make you more effective in a non spiritual sense, and help attract the best things to your life. As you become more effective at practicing right effort you will notice that you are not only enhancing your own piece of mind but, you will have the power to positively influence others.
In my next post I will write about Right Mindfullness.