It took me a long time to learn what the phrase "just do the work" really meant.
As a child I hated math. I would sit at the kitchen table in tears as I tried to do my math homework. "Mom, I can't do this. I don't get it," I wailed. Her standard response was, "Well if you'd have spent as much time on your math homework as you have crying about it, you'd be done with it by now." This sound advice made me even more frustrated and cry even harder.
What she meant of course was "just do the work." It has taken me much of my adult life to fully understand this phrase. By finally embracing "just do the work", the work works for me.