Grit, Gratitude & Grace
It takes GRIT to follow your dreams over the long haul through all of the setbacks and struggle, and especially to stick to those dreams amidst the pull of short-term desires and distractions. It’s even more difficult when the “how” is not clear.
It’s so much easier to give in to short-term gratification than to stay the course when the going is tough. It is in these times that I rely most on my GRIT and determination. And, of course, I don’t win every battle but I always get back in the game. That’s grit, and I thank my Dad.
GRATITUDE grounds us and keeps us positive and in a positive headspace rather than allowing us to be a victim of circumstance. Personal development guru, Tony Robbins, said it’s impossible to be in a state of gratitude and focused on the negative at the same time. I agree, and have used various gratitude practices over the years to keep me on a positive path, especially when the going gets really tough.
Truth: There is always something to be grateful for, sometimes we just can’t see it. Gratitude is the best way I know of to honor the struggle when I’m smack dab in the middle of it.
The 3rd G — GRACE — is a bit more personal and perhaps harder to define. To me, grace is about pursuing a courageous life with kindness and compassion for others, as well as for ourselves. It’s a way of being that collaborates, cheers, claps and supports others on their path while at the same time pursuing your own.
It’s a mindset of abundance and loving kindness vs. scarcity and competition. It’s knowing the world is a better place if it’s filled with healthy, happy people living up to their greatest potential, and that “We do better when we all do better” as my friend the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone used to say.
Grit means life’s challenges will neither defeat nor define us. It’s real gratitude for the process and the struggles as well as the triumphs that keeps us focused and positive. Grace is giving kindness to ourselves and others even, and especially when, it is really hard.
Here’s to healthy striving and living bold and brave with Grit, Gratitude and Grace. #mondaymotivation #motivationmonday