What does the word "attempt" mean? You attempt something because that which you attempt has drawn you to it. It tempted you, as it were. Think of attempt more as something that draws you to it and less as effort or exertion.
Attempt is like trying on a hat. You try on hats until you find one that seems right. Perhaps you have to go to another store, but you know it is a hat you are looking for, and so you continue to try them on.
There is an upcoming occasion that you need a hat for. There is a purpose in your looking for the hat. If you forget your purpose, the search is less thrilling for you, less momentous, more random or lackadaisical.
Consider a hat purchase as a metaphor for your life.
When your life seems lusterless, you have forgotten your purpose in life. When you give up on something, you have cudgeled yourself into thinking that the reason was for you, as if the purpose were yours and yours alone. There is something you want to discover, and it has to serve a purpose bigger than just your wanting it.
Every day of your life is an attempt at it.
When I say to recall your higher purpose beyond your little individuality, I am not talking about sacrifice. You don't sacrifice yourself. You do not cut yourself off from something. Rather, you are finding yourself. You are finding what calls you, and what calls you is who you are.
An artist must paint. A musician must play. A dreamer must dream. And a Human being on Earth must be.
From the being of you comes your life on Earth.
Every day is a new composition. It is a new canvas. You can let go of the old one. You can let go of yesterday.
Whatever you thought you weren't yesterday, you can be today. Whatever you want to be, you can be. Only do not desire too small a thing, and do not desire it solely because you want it.
Your desire fits into something. It belongs somewhere, not only in your hand. When your fulfilled desire comes into your hand, there is someplace else where it wants you to put it. Consider your desires as stars you call to you, and when they come, you pin them to the firmament. They come to you so you will put them in their rightful place. That is not sacrifice. Pinning your desires in the firmament is your true desire, and so you fulfill it.
Nothing is for you alone. There is nothing you experience that is for you alone. Of one thing you can be sure, you experience it for Me. Willy-nilly, you experience for Me.
The awareness of this makes it possible for you to become unattached to your desires. A bigger vision allows you to be unattached. A bigger vision keeps you going. You attempt again. But you do not have to have the result to put in your pocket. The result comes in order to be shared with the universe.
Edison could not discover a lightbulb for himself alone. He did not even discover it. He stumbled on it. He tried enough, and then the secret of electricity appeared.
Columbus could not discover a new land for himself. He could not keep it to himself, and why would he? Discoveries want to be shared. And he, too, did not discover anything. He stumbled onto something. But first he had to set sail in his ship.
So I instruct you to set sail today for a new land, and you will discover it right where you are. It can only be where you are. One more attempt, and perhaps another, and you will discover discovery for a purpose beyond yourself.