Today I am thankful for grit.
What is grit as I mean it today? Angela Duckworth put it best in a TED Talk she did a while back:
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
Today was a rough day. There were a couple of successes, but there were many setbacks, disappointments, frustrations and challenges. It was one of those days when I felt like I was being chased by a monster and then that monster was eaten by a larger monster that started chasing me… Then that monster was eaten by another larger monster, and so on. It felt like a never ending nesting doll full of frustrations. I’m not going to lie, there was a point when I sent Becky a text letting her know it was official, I’m quitting to move to Hilo, HI to become a coffee farmer.
That being said, I’m going to bed a happy guy tonight (and not just because I’ll be snuggling with Becky). The reason I’m going to bed with a smile is grit. I have many long term dreams and goals that I am going to accomplish. The pic in this blog is one page of list that’s now up to 112 dreams.
Today’s frustrations may be difficult to swallow today, but they all contain lessons to be learned. They are all steps on the path to my dreams. Knowing that today is a day that is helping me move towards my goals makes it all worthwhile. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan on repeating the mistakes that led to today, but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to learn. As someone once told me, “when you’re uncomfortable you’re usually growing.”
David Blaine is a personal hero of mine (and having a beer with him is #47 on my dream list if anyone can help me out on that one!). He gave what is to this day my favorite TED Talk on this exact topic. You can check it out here. To net it out, here’s the conclusion, but to truly understand the emotion and passion behind his words you need to watch the video.
“As a magician, I try to show things to people that seem impossible. And I think magic, whether I’m holding my breath or shuffling a deck of cards, is pretty simple. It’s practice, it’s training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be. And that’s what magic is to me.”
Today I’m pushing through the pain to be the best I can be. Today I’m thankful for grit.