EF'FORT, noun [Latin fortis. See Force.] A straining; an exertion of strength; endeavor; strenuous exertion to accomplish an object; applicable to physical or intellectual power. The army, by great efforts, scaled the walls. Distinction in science is gained by continued efforts of the mind.
2 Peter 1:5-10
Fruitful Growth in the Faith
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence(effort), add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
Much effort and labor is needed, for a man to be changed and to be the good tree that brings forth good fruit. Strive, then, for nothing else but to change, renew, and correct yourself. And pray for this... St Tikhon of Zadonsk
SOMETIMES WINS AND LOSSES CAN BE OUTSIDE OF YOUR CONTROL. YOU CAN'T CONTROL THAT, BUT YOU CAN CONTROL HOW MUCH EFFORT YOU ARE PUTTING INTO IT. THERE'S NOT AN EXCUSE TO NOT GIVING ALL YOUR EFFORT TO WHAT YOU'RE DOING