So between reading Brandon’s blog post “Going for Gold” and listening to Sarah Jakes Roberts’ sermon “From Grace to Grit,” I feel truly refreshed and ready for the year. As with every beginning of the year, I’ve set goals for myself. I’ve started new approaches to life and taken steps toward meeting my goals. But we are at the end of January and I’m already losing focus. That is where this idea of gritting to the gold comes in. I have seen myself grow so much in the past few years, but I can honestly say I have only been running the race and not gritting to the gold.
What is Grit?
Grit is defined as firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck. I have found myself in places of growth and development. I’ve been promoted to levels that I may or may not have deserved to be in and time after time I have just accepted that as good enough. This year I want us to challenge ourselves to not stop there. This year we will grit to the gold. We will be incapable of being subdued. Let’s not let temptation, fear, anxiety, self-doubt, our past failures, or even those around us make us accept just running the race as an accomplishment. Awesome, we qualified for the race. Now let’s get the gold medal. Let’s get a seat at the table. Let’s take it even further and pull up at the head of the table. My focus moving forward is not just to see my plans (the plans God has for me) come to pass, but to see them flourish to their highest capacity.
Here are a few steps I will be taking to keep myself on track.
- Squad Up: Relays have always been so fascinating to me because the teamwork required is amazing. Runners give it all they have until it is time to pass the baton. Not only that but racers are able to push themselves based on the ability of their team. Get you a gritting squad. If your squad is working hard, they will push you to work harder. Have people around you that motivate you and make you want to work harder.
- Check Yourself: Schedule weekly and monthly check-ins with yourself. Are you getting those action steps finished? Are you on track to meet your goals for the year?
- Don’t Accept Honorable Mention: After checking in with yourself notice the quality of your work. Are you just getting it done or is it gold medal quality? Don’t play yourself! Go for it and give it all you have!
What are some things you are doing to continue to grit to the gold?