What is grit? Merriam-Webster defines grit as a firmness of mind and spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger. But I think it’s much more than that.
I believe grit is the trait in all of us that lies dormant in many. Grit to me is when passion and perseverance meet and you endure everything that it takes to accomplish the goal. When you know that sacrificing certain things in life to one day realize that it was all worth it in the end.
Grit has helped me through a lot of things before I knew the definition of the word. After my first four years in the military, I decided that I was going to get out. I was living in Tacoma, Washington and I was thinking about becoming a Deputy Sheriff. But there was something in me that wanted more out of this journey.
I didn’t know then that I wanted to help people become better. I just knew that I wanted to make some type of difference. A year later I became a leader in the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps (NCO) and my life completely changed.
In 1997, I made the decision to help as many people as possible while I still loved serving in the military. That was the goal all those years ago. Not to become the best NCO I could be at the expense of those I was in charge of. To not step on their backs to make the rank as fast as possible.
But to simply help the maximum number of soldiers where I was living at the time. I didn’t care if they worked for me or not. If they needed help, I offered. Now everyone didn’t take my advice, but I quickly learned that freely giving knowledge to others does translate to wisdom on their part. Some people will simply not act on the information you give them for years. It happens.
I believe that after serving 22 1/2 years, I reached that goal that I set so long ago. I knew that I needed to do something else (this blog) to help more people and myself at the same time.
So I used that determined trait and set my goal on this blog and the brand of Living The Dream. I have the grit to accomplish this goal of helping the masses. Do you?
Think about it. We all have that one goal that we have been thinking about. Finishing that degree? Losing that pesky weight?
Do you have a goal that you set out to accomplish and have you started? Do you know what it will take to accomplish it? Do you have grit?