What is grit? Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s passion for a particular long-term goal or end state, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective. Webster’s says courage and resolve; strength of character.
I think going through difficult circumstances always brings out a person’s true character. Grit and strength don’t always need to be reserved for the big stuff, either. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve? Chances are, whatever it is, it will become painful and hard at one time or another. Achieving great things does take sacrifice and motivation to tackle the most difficult and adverse times in order to reach the end.
I lost about 40 lbs recently and am ecstatic with my results. But it wasn’t easy getting there. It took sacrifice to make myself workout everyday, 6 days a week. It took great will power to eat clean foods, sometimes passing up the delicious smelling takeout or fried pork chops my kids and husband were having. Today, I was working out at home with a Jillian Michaels DVD and it was towards the end of the workout, my muscles were burning, I was sweating from head to toe, and she was telling us to fight for it. Whatever the reason was we started the workout were the very reasons we should finish it. She admonished us not to give up right at the end, that this is where the best results happened. The most difficult reps, the most painful moments are where our greatness is found. Our true strength lies in the pain.
Don’t give up! Even Jesus uses those times to mold us and make us. I’m reminded of the refiner’s Fire. Just as gold is purified with heat, just as diamonds are made sparkly under pressure, we are perfected in the difficult moments, days, or seasons. Maybe you want to lose weight or start living healthier, maybe a career change or bump up the ladder, financial security. Are you fighting to save your marriage, have strained relationships with your kids, a friendship that needs nourishment? Maybe you’re like me and live and breathe for your family, but need a little you time carved out of your schedule, some time to think and create. What are you dreaming about? Whatever it is you want most today, fight for it and don’t give up!!