As we close this year, I was reminded of the things that I did and experience.
One of my goals during the last quarter of the year was to read a book every 2 weeks. As a business/inspirational/self help genre kind of a person, it is not so difficult for me. The hard part is applying the lessons that I learned or asking the question, “so what now?”.
Every book or experience that I encounter, I try to ask the following:
- What is God telling me?
- How should I react?
- What should I do now that I know this truth/fact?
Through Caroline Miller’s Getting Grit, I realized that:
1. I am not that strong.
It was my first time to be hospitalized this year. It was unexpected and a part of it was because of my own folly. Everything seems to crumble. I couldn’t think clearly as well. I panicked and gave up easily. I doubted if my decisions were right.
2. Our culture isn’t motivating us to get grittier.
We are used to living a comfortable life. We want other people to make us special. Everything seems easier. We are paying attention to endurance less and less.
This is evident in our food choices (mostly quick & easy food which leads to fast food or restaurant delivery), transportation choices (hello uber/grab) and leisure time (internet 24/7). Sadly these choices lead us also to higher turnover rates in offices and several career shifts in a span of 3 years! A little pain and we want to get out right away!
3. We need to cultivate the right kind of pain.
What I experienced is a stubborn type of pain. The one that I should have avoided have I taken caution.
What we should experience is the right kind of pain. Growth pain is obtained as we strive to push harder. This type of pain will enable us to achieve many things. This type of pain is the kind of pain that athletes obtain when they train for a marathon. It will be the one that will enable us to stretch our limits.
4. We can only cultivate growth pains if we are passionate in what we do.
It all goes back to our purpose/ mission in life. What do we truly care about? Answering the question “What am I here for?” Or “What is my purpose in life?” Will definitely make us ponder.
Without passion, it is too hard to connect with others about the importance of your mission and convince them to help you get on board. – Caroline Miller
When we don’t know which way to go, we are less likely to persevere. We tend to waste more time on leisure and unimportant stuff. We are also less likely to influence other people.
As I’ve shared previously, it is important to seek God and learn His will for our lives. That is always the starting point!
5. We need to make a conscious effort to develop grit.
Now that we know our mission, we need to work hard to guard it! Have a “mastermind group” where you can share your learnings. In turn, they will also share their experiences. Surround yourself with “gritty people”. You want to head in the same direction–and that is you want to grow and become better in your craft and spheres of influence.
Be consistent. This life is not a sprint. We are in a marathon! Develop good and healthy habits!
Success doesn’t come overnight. More so, the world’s kind of success is different to what God says.
I realized that it is difficult to measure progress and yet as I moved along, things seem to get clearer.
Last August, I was challenged to write, share my photographs and thoughts. I started posting articles on this blog despite the imperfection.
I also climbed Mount Pulag for the first time!
I learned that we should be comfortable with being uncomfortable!
I hope as we end this year, we will think of ways on how we can become grittier. We don’t have to do a lot of things to make a difference. We just need to do the right things that are in line with the way God created us.
As we start another year, let us strive to pursue worthwhile goals and make the most of our lives.
Happy New Year’s eve!