Grit is another word for perseverance. It’s a gut-level strength to embrace challenges even and especially when we feel vulnerable, because of a heart-level knowing that there is no success without risk.
Grit is getting out of your own way… and into the long game of your dreams.
“How many times have you had an idea that excited you and inspired all types of possibilities, until your mind came in and convinced you of all the reasons you couldn’t do it? When that happens you can truly feel yourself split in two. One of you is listening to opportunity, one of you is listening to fear. You can feel the opportunity in your body and you can feel the fear in your mind.”
-Kyle Cease, I Hope I Screw This Up
In 2015, Rory Vaden, NYT bestselling author of Take the Stairs, illustrated this with a comparison of cow and buffalo responses to an approaching storm. Essentially, cows try to run away, but they’re slow and the storm catches up with them, while buffalo wait for the perfect timing and then charge directly into it, which minimizes the storm’s effect on them. Vaden wrote:
“We don’t always get to choose whether or not we have storms. The only choice we get to have is how we respond to those storms. And more specifically, when we respond to those storms.”
What situation or decision has offered you an opportunity to summon grit?
Recommended reading, Vaden’s article: Be the buffalo and face life’s storms
Recommended viewing: Brené Brown: The Call to Courage | Netflix
Photo: BUFFALO: grounded yet heavenly, practical yet spiritual. The hooves of the mighty Buffalo are grounded in the earth, yet its heart and mind rise toward heaven. The Buffalo sees challenge, hardship, or a bump in the road as an opportunity for upliftment. Therefore, the Buffalo does not fear death, illness, or misfortune…its gentle eyes look to the road ahead, trusting every turn. May we all experience this elusive yet life-changing bliss from time to time, and may we allow this card to remind us that life is a precious gift. When in balance: trusting, pure presence. When out of balance: restless, lacks gratitude. To bring into balance: prayer, shakti. -from The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck by Kim Krans COMMIT TO YOUR PATH: Make a decision. Move forward toward your goals. Perseverance. COURAGE: Risk. Take on the challenge. Feel discomfort but move forward. Don’t let fear stifle your growth. -from Soul Trees Self-Discovery cards by Allyson Williams-Yee