Last week we talked about grit and in the first part of this series. I talked about how grit was combining both passion and perseverance together and then enduring everything that came your way. How grit was the intenstinal fortitude to continue to push for your goals.
So how does grind play into this? Let me explain. When you hear the word grind what is the first thought that comes to your mind? A friend of yours with their head down locked away somewhere working hard on a project. For me that is the exact picture.
That one person who is determined day in and day out to fulfill that one goal. Who devotes a significant number of hours each day to it. Don’t believe me?
Take a minute and visualize with me. Think about the first time you found something in life that you absolutely had to have or attend. It could have been a car, a bike, a concert, etc. You knew you didn’t have the money but you absolutely had to be there or have the item.
Each day you found different things to do to save money or find odd jobs. You sometimes even forgot to eat. Your parents had to remind you even. That’s the grind my friends.
The grind is consistency. The grind is using every waking second that you have doing what you love. See that young girl in the picture? She is grinding. Not making excuses. She has contribute and help her family and her goal is nothing but that. It’s as if the photographer caught her mid stride in the grind. Just enough time to snap that picture and her attention.
And I bet she diverted her attention back to the task at hand and kept going. I don’t know about you, but I respect that. I respect the fact that she probably does this day in and day out. I respect anyone doing the same.
I respect the fact that you know what you want in life. I know it gets tough and you don’t feel like you are getting anywhere in life. That the things that you want are not coming fast enough. But that’s part of this struggle. That’s when you have to dig deep and employ that grit. Then you have to put in the work every single day. That’s the grind.
What are you working hard on right now? What’s your grind?