I have found that Buddhism is for the most part a hands on kinda spiritual approach, where one has to muck in and get their hands dirty in order to see results....
I guess in a sense The Buddha Dharma helps those who 'are prepared' to help themselves and Dharma practitioners also help those who help themselves by pointing the way (and often by leading by example )....
The Eightfold Path "Package"
1) Right/Complete Understanding/View
2) Right/Complete Thought/Intention
3) Right/Complete Speech
4) Right/Complete Action
5) Right/Complete Livelihood
6) Right/Complete EFFORT
7) Right/Complete Mindfulness
8) Right/Complete Concentration
We tend to get out what we are 'prepared' to put in, which comes to the importance of "Right Effort" ...
"As recorded in the Pali Canon, the Buddha taught there are four aspects to Right Effort. Very simply --
1)The effort to prevent unwholesome qualities -- especially greed, anger and ignorance -- from arising.
2)The effort to extinguish unwholesome qualities that already have arisen.
3)The effort to cultivate skillful, or wholesome, qualities -- especially generosity, loving kindness, and wisdom (the opposites of greed, anger and ignorance) -- that have not yet arisen.
4)The effort to strengthen the wholesome qualities that have already arise
On some days one might feel that they just can't be bothered to do what they know must be done in order to achieve a positive/wholesome result...
What have you found motivates you to make the effort when it comes to Dharma practice ?