Fully leveraged on the one hand...We are told very clearly that the Lord expects us to exert tremendous effort in living the gospel.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)
...it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. (2 Nephi 25:23)
This effort is meant to pervade every aspect of our lives.
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; (D&C 58:27)Most people I know are not fully leveraged. They see their situations as unavoidable, and ignore the many things they could do to put themselves in a place where they could more fully study the gospel, seek the Lord, and help others. In the United States, we are drowning on opportunity, and an unfortunate number of people lack the faith to construct a situation for themselves that will allow them to meet the Lord's expectations for them. I wrote a book on this subject. If you are looking for guidance, you might find it helpful.
But fully tethered on the other hand...When you are operating full throttle, it is easy to forget the weightier matters. Our success in the gospel is wholly dependent on our connection to Jesus.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)
When we focus on outward actions--even righteous ones--while forgetting the inward vessel, we disconnect ourselves from Jesus. We have to prevent our hearts from focusing on the things of this world, even when our focus on the things of this world is solely to do God's will:
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
"The world" goes far beyond the things we regularly associate with it (riches, comfort, sex, etc.). It includes everything we do here. "The world" can include earning an honest living, giving food to the homeless, Sunday worship services, etc. None of these things are internal. They are all external. While these things can help us develop our "treasure in heaven" they themselves are not the treasure--our character is. Building that character requires godly actions, but godly actions can be and are done by those with wicked hearts. When we focus so much on the what that we forget the why, our hearts become unconnected from God, and that is a monumentally bad thing.
While God expects us to be fully leveraged in how we use our time, talents, and energy, he expects us to always keep ourselves spiritually tethered to him. This manifests itself in how we treat others, particularly others who interfere with our external actions.
How do we stay tethered? We must remember him always. If he is the focus, we can't go wrong.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7)When we are focused on Jesus, how can we be frustrated when things do not turn out the way we want them to? Frustration comes when we put our expectations above his will. When others prevent our expected outcomes, we can still have the peace of God, because we are focused on pleasing him, achieving internal and not external outcomes.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:26, 27)
Jesus' peace is not of this world, and his kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom is not of this world because it doesn't look like what the world calls a kingdom. There is no power-by-force. There is only power-by-submission and persuasion. God's peace is not like what the world calls peace. It is not an externally induced calm or comfort. You can have his peace even when everything in this world goes wrong. Jesus had peace even when he was surrounded by fools, cowards, betrayers, and those who wanted to kill him. He did not get frustrated when his mission was complicated by the actions (or inactions) of others. He knew that if he was doing what he could in the framework provided, he would please the father, and that's all that mattered.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)