The Power of True Grit
By Aaron Singerman
CEO of Redcon1
Set goals and stick to them. Decide how you want to live your life, and when obstacles arise, and they surely will, knock them down and KNOW you will move past them.
People generally attribute success to intelligence. The general public thinks you must be very smart or very gifted to achieve true success, especially in the case of overwhelming success. I disagree. I think the #1 thing someone NEEDS to become successful is GRIT. Webster’s defines grit as “Mental toughness and courage” and “firmness of mind or spirit, unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”
It means that when you set goals, you never let them go, and you never ever give up! When faced with adversity, someone with true grit knows with absolute certainty that it will pass, and in the end they’ll be victorious.
There are those who believe grit is impossible to learn, and that it’s something you’re either born with or you aren’t. I KNOW I wasn’t born with any, and somehow over the years it became ingrained in my personality. I have utter, unflappable never-ending confidence in myself, and in my ability to achieve my goals. How did this happen? This happened because I practiced having grit. I pretended!
Whenever I felt worried or wanted to give up over the last 10 or so years, I told myself, “This is nothing. I’ve overcome more than this. I know I’ll be OK, and in the end, this too shall pass.” I always pictured myself where I wanted to be. I focused on the things I wanted, and not on the problems of the minute, the hour, or the day. Just like Arnold would picture in his mind how he imagined his body would look one day, I pictured how I would feel when I achieved my next goal … How my LIFE would someday look.
I remember my biggest challenge, when I first got to FPC Pensacola, the prison camp I ended up at, after over 100 days of transfers and desperation. I didn’t dread my arrival to my final destination (before freedom), I celebrated it. I could have very easily been depressed and dejected. I’d be here for the foreseeable future. Instead, I told myself this was so much better than the places I’d been before then. The country jails. The detention facilities. This was basically freedom. I had a gym to train in, enough food to gain some weight back, and normal people who didn’t just yell instead of speak! This was heaven!
Worry and insecurity never passed through my mind once I got there. I knew I never needed to “practice” having grit again.
My suggestion to all of you reading this is to set goals and stick to them. Decide how you want to live your life, and when obstacles arise, and they surely will, knock them down and KNOW you will move past them. Embrace the inevitability of your success. That’s how you tap into the power of true grit.
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