I recently put the following post on a LinkedIn group:
Unless you encounter some grit in life, you will never become a pearl. Grit irritates and aggravates. It pokes sharply at our souls until we coat it and surround it with caring — expressed in service to others. What are you willing to do to change your irritating grit into a beautiful pearl?
In my line of work, I encounter many people who try to avoid the “grit” in life. They will do almost anything to avoid difficult circumstances. It’s almost like they feel that, after years of paying the price for success, life owes them a break.
When we feel this way – and we all do at times if we’re really honest with ourselves and others – we are missing a very key point:
We don’t pay the price for success. We enjoy the benefits of success. We ultimately only pay the price for failure.
Becoming successful is an investment – one that pays amazing rewards if we learn to successfully and cheerfully embrace and deal with the “grit” that life gives us.
Here are three keys to effectively responding to the “grit” in your life:
- Maintain Your Focus. Stay focused on your mission and your goals. Realize that the challenges we face, in life and in business, are just speed bumps we need to get over on the pathway to achieving our dreams. Keep moving forward and doing what you know is right.
- Don’t Make Mountains Out of Mole Hills. The little speed bumps we encounter can often feel like mountains, especially when they hit us late in the day when we are weary and are already drained from the day’s activities. When this happens, take time to refresh yourself. If the problem will wait, attack it the next morning when you are fresh, full of energy, and can deal with it in the right context. If it won’t wait, at least take a break, reframe your thoughts, and remind yourself that it’s not as big a deal as it first seemed.
- When you drive through a parking lot, you can see the speed bumps ahead. Life often affords us the same opportunities if we will keep an eye on the road ahead. Learn to ask yourself quality questions regarding your personal and business situations. Anticipating often affords us the opportunity to avoid some of the grit in life – or at least it gives us time to prepare to deal with it.
Don’t shun the grit that enters your life. Use it as a powerful tool to change and become better at your craft. You’ll be glad you did.
©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (www.optechs.com). All rights reserved.