Insist on getting the maximum that an activity or action has the capacity to give you whether it be an effort, an opportunity, a day, a dollar, or a relationship.
Demand the highest standards and insist on only the best. Know who you are and what you want and stay focused. Along the way there will be many distractions, small and big to divert you and test you. There will be brick walls to see how badly you want something but as long as you know where you are going the roadblocks will only be temporary.