All these traits can be applied to other aspects of life whether it be your career, relationship, buying a house, wanting to travel etc...
The Meaning of Grit
If you have ever been through a truly grueling workout you will know how exhausting and stressful it is both mentally & physically. Your muscles are shutting down, your heart feels like its about to explode, your lungs are on fire, and your brain is begging you to stop. If you keep going and finish you will have learned a valuable lesson. You will have faced that stress and come out on top. The next time your body feels that stress you will have the experience and mindset to know you can deal with it.
I have seen first hand in the gym how some people deal with this. When when the intensity is turned up and it starts to get ugly, some people will drive through to the best of their abilities. They are the ones you want on your team. Others deal with it differently, they hide behind punch bags, run to the toilet or go to fill their water bottle. And I know that outside of the gym they will have that same attitude. They arent the ones you will want to rely on. It could be something as simple as you asking them to help you move house, then when it comes to the heavy awkward stuff they make an excuse and leave you on your own. Or if they are in your team at work, they will be the one that rings in sick when things start to get stressful and you need all hands on deck.
If you have pushed through some very taxing workouts you will be better equipped to deal with the stress that life throws at you.
If you dont have goals, you cant have a plan. If you dont have a plan, how are you ever going to get anywhere? Walk into any commercial gym and you will see out shape people working out. Come back in a year and the same people will still be there, in the same shape, doing the same workouts. They have no set goals, targets, direction and therefore no plan to get there. I have been in that trap. I thought I just wanted to get stronger or fitter. I had no targets set. I thought showing up and doing some generic workouts was enough. How did I know if I was getting closer to my goals if I didnt have anything set? How could I know when I needed to tweak my training? I didn't. I learned to:
- - decide on a goal
- - create a plan to reach that goal
- - carry out the plan
- - measure & assess
- - tweak the plan as needed (or not)
- - repeat steps 3 - 5 until goal is reached
I soon realised in training that if I am not organised it is going to take me a lot longer to reach my goals. When I am not organised I end up missing training sessions due to not having clean gear, or eating junk food because I don't have any healthy options on hand. Now, I wouldn't say I am super organised, but I am definitely a lot better than I used to be. I always make to sure to go shopping on the weekend and to do so some food prep so I have some healthy options during the week. I will make sure my handwraps are washed and packed in my gym bag. If I am training ealry in the morning I will get my training gear ready the night before.
I have have adapted this into my work and business and it has helped a lot. It minimises time wasting. If you have the tools ready and the plan laid out, you are set.
Temptations are everywhere these days. Availability of cheap junk food is at its highest, and we have more surplus cash to waste on it. I would say people are also more socially active where the temptations for eating too much of the wrong foods are very high. Its not easy to resist these temptations, but that is whats so special about it. Being disciplined is what sets you apart from other people and will put you ahead of the game. This is when you leave everyone else behind who is talking about making change but not backing it up. Its not easy, but thats the beauty of it. If it was easy, everyone would be successful.
If you want to advance your career you are going to need discipline. There will be nights when your friends are going out on the piss but you need to study/practice. You need to think of the big picture and how the short term actions you are doing, whether it be the 10 mins of joy eating pizza or the 4 hours out drinking, and how they will affect your long term goals.
Nothing good comes without hard work
People are getting softer. Just have a quick look on Facebook these days to see minuscule things that people are whining about. Everyone wants the easy option. They want the results but are not willing to put the hard work in. They want to believe the easy options they see on TV or social media.The "6 pack in 10 mins a day workout" or any one of the numerous get rich quick schemes you see as ads on most websites these days. Most people would rather spend a few hours each day watching TV, than get off their ass and train, or put the effort into cooking and eating healthy. Similarly, everybody wants to advance in their career, but very few people will put the extra effort and hours into getting better at their craft. They cant be bothered using their free time to study/do courses/practice or whatever it may be.If you want to get the results and advance, you need to put in the hard work.
I believe that one of life's simple pleasures is accomplishing goals. This can be on a small scale or very large scale. When you work your ass off to reach a goal, there is no greater feeling than when you get there. It gives you the great confidence to know what you have achieved and to keep on going and setting goals. Look at the people who start off with a plan to run a 5km fun run, then a couple of years later they are planning to run a marathon. Once they reach the first goal and realise what they are capable off, they want to keep on going. That joy you get when you reach a goal makes you want to create bigger goals and start working towards them.
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