So, what exactly is grit? The answer to this question depends on who you ask.
If you ask Merriam-Webster dictionary, for example, it will tell you that grit is defined as a “firmness of mind or spirit” or “unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”
Yet, if you ask Angela Duckworth, the woman credited with coining the term and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, you’ll learn that grit is merely a “combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal.”
To me, grit is akin to inner strength. It is the fire that burns within each of us that causes us to continue fighting for something we want…even when we feel like we have little to no fight left.
I also believe that grit comes in many forms. Sometimes the grit we need is mental. It is the positive affirmation that we choose to repeat or the empowering talk we give ourselves when we’re feeling especially vulnerable.
Other times, the grit we need to build upon is physical. Maybe we need to work on our diet so we have better health, or perhaps it’s our level of activity that needs a boost so we can strengthen our muscles and bones.
There’s also grit that is emotional in nature. I know I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression and had to find my grit to push through. There’s a wide spectrum of feelings that can impact your grit. Identifying them is the first step, followed by walking through them in a way in which you emerge victorious on the other side.
Grit can also be spiritual. There have been many times when my faith in God was the only thing that got me through. If I didn’t have grit in this area, I could have easily lost my way. Several times I did, but I was always fortunate enough to get it back.
Sometimes it’s the strength of our entrepreneurial spirit that needs a bit more grit. We have this great business idea, but we let the fears talk us out of pursuing it. We want to become our own boss, but we don’t quite yet the courage to make it happen.
That’s why I’ve categorized my posts with these types of themes. This makes it easier for you to find the content you need for whatever struggles you face today. This enables you to build your own grit in a way that works best for you.
Now, get in there and get building your grit!
See you on the inside,