Grit—What is it and do I have it?
Definition of Grit
Grit, according to Merriam-Webster means firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.
So, you’re probably wondering why I’m giving you the definition of grit. There is a method to my madness. I just got tuned into Freakonomics Radio, a podcast that I highly recommend. The first show I listened to talked about grit and how gritty people become great in anything from spelling bees to athletics or (my addition here) weight loss. What they’ve discovered is years of hard work and practice are more of a factor than natural talent.
Exercise and Grit
The subject fascinated me especially since I am undertaking a huge challenge, a five mile run and a half a mile sprint next year. When I started last week, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do it because of my age or because of the fact that I’m the Klutzy Athlete. I knew one way or the other I would cross the finish line.
But why did this challenge appeal to me? Because I want to see if I can do more than just finish. I want to know if I can be a runner in the true sense of the word, not just shuffle my feet and move. And after listening to this radio show I am convinced I can do anything I’m willing to put the time and effort into.
Finding the Grit to Succeed
I’m in training for a five mile run. I am committed. I want to do this. I want to succeed, but is that enough? What happens when it’s ten degrees outside? Will I still be as committed? A year is a long time and right now this has the enticement of something new and challenging, but soon it will become hard, sweaty work.
Will I have the grit to reach my goal? My immediate response—yes! Why I can’t tell explain, but deep in my gut I believe I will succeed. I will find ways around the problems. I will get support from friends and experts. I will do research online. I am also reading Angela Duckworth’s Grit, the Power of Passion and Perseverance.
Stay turned because I will be reporting back what I find out. And here is some good news, week two and the fifteen minute mile is down to the 11:38 mile. Do you know what this means? It means that if the Klutzy Athlete can run, anyone can!
Do you have a hidden passion, but never had the determination to pursue it? You can find the grit and succeed!