We all hear the word “grit” being thrown around on the regular, so I wanted to dive in a bit more on this. What is grit? And more specifically, how do you get it?
If you look up the meaning of grit, some of the main tenants of this word are courage, perseverance, patience, and hope.
This basically means that you have your eyes on the prize and are consistently moving towards your goals, no matter what obstacles you encounter or how many times you fall.
That you don’t give up even when things are tough as hell and that you stay hopeful that you will succeed.
That you still do the things even though you’re scared shitless!
That you follow through with whatever you need to do, to move the needle closer to your goal(s).
What’s even better is that having grit is helpful for literally everything!
It doesn’t have to just be for some big goal you have like writing your first book or earning your PhD.
It could be for anything you want to achieve in your life such as traveling more, transitioning to a plant-based diet, learning how to swim, taking up rowing, walking more, sleeping better, you name it, grit is the component you need for all the things.
Some people are of the opinion that only certain people have grit and know how to use it.
Like maybe someone who had a rough childhood and now is building a better life for themselves.
Or that person who has faced nothing but tribulations their whole life, so they of course have grit naturally, right?
Nope, that’s not necessarily true because we can look at tons of people who had a difficult childhood and who have stayed in the same downward spiral as their family of origin. This shows us that maybe they didn’t have a model of grit and resilience or they weren’t taught how to harness grit.
So, what is grit?
In my humble opinion, grit is a learned skill, a muscle you develop. It’s an attitude of wanting more, wanting better, and taking the steps towards it.
Sometimes grit can help us move the needle on being comfortable versus creating the life we want.
Just like we do repetitive movements to grow muscles while working out, developing and growing grit is similar.
If you want to learn more about the characteristics of grit, this article may help.
How to develop grit
An easy first tip to develop your grit is pick a small attainable goal, such as organizing your winter shoes (don’t laugh, I do this), and do the steps to complete it.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Then increase your goals to be bigger and repeat the steps. You get the idea.
What’s kinda cool about grit is that your therapist can also teach you how to do this plus holding you accountable to competing the steps will also help you get grittier, LOL.
In the interim, we’ve got you! Schedule online now by clicking here to begin working on your grit so that you can achieve all the things you want and create the life you desire. We’ll see you soon!