I just learned an ugly word every girl should know.
When I think of beauty and radiance this one word never comes to mind. However, it’s an ugly word that every young woman should learn and know about. It’s also a trait we should work to posses. The word is Grit.
Grit (n.) courage and resolve; strength of character
It’s an ugly (sounding) word with a heroic definition. And there happens to be a lot of little ways we can develop grit. It’s not just a trait for those naturally born with it… no, it can be learned. A lot of times grit is simply working hard and giving it all you got. Not being a quitter but persevering to the end. Having courage to continue even when you want to stop. This is something I really need to work on!
I just read a “secular” book called Grit to Great. From this book I learned lot of different action steps we can take to develop a little (or a lot!) of Grit.
7 “Little” Ways to Develop Grit
1) Finish your to do list
I have to laugh a little at this one. I’m always talking about lists, but this was the first step in the book. We should write a list of projects to do and force ourselves to complete all of them. This doesn’t need to be a daily list but could be a to-do list for the whole month. The list should have a deadline and do not give up till it is done! (I am going to give this a try with the goal list I shared in my last post.)
2) Go the extra thirty minutes
Instead of doing the bare minimum on a job we should challenge ourselves to work a little bit longer. For me this would mean taking more time to prepare my teaching lessons or taking more time to work on my goals. If we learn to apply ourselves even more to the tasks at hand we can be more effective.
3) Conduct a reality check
Instead of thinking about changing and just making plans to change… we should focus that time and energy into the work itself!
4) Make yourself uncomfortable
We should do little things that take us outside our comfort zone. Some ideas would be introducing ourselves to a visitor at church, ordering something totally new off of the menu, going somewhere we have never gone, or speaking up at a time we would normally remain silent in shyness.
5) Hit the thirty second pause button
The next time we are tempted to give in, give up, or go home, we should pause and think. Just 30 seconds could be enough to change our minds about that piece of junk food, or help us decide to go on instead of quitting the task at hand.
6) [Realize that] Setbacks Move You Forward
Every time we face a failure or a change in circumstances we should search for what we can learn and then move forward.
7) Say no to “not yet”
This is another one I’m guilty of….we shouldn’t wait till things are “just perfect” to take action. We need to plan and prepare but then go right ahead and do whatever it is we are aspiring to do.
There we go… 7 little (yet sometimes hard) ways we can begin to develop grit. The other day I was on the treadmill, it was hot and I was sweaty. I really wanted to quit but remembering these steps I decided to keep going. It’s the little things that will turn into bigger things.
Now about Grit to Great…
I obviously learned a lot from this book. However, being from a completely non-christian perspective there were things in this book I did not like at all:
- Lots of none biblical psychology
- Very humanistic
- Talk about human evolution
- A reference that makes me believe they support abortion and a woman’s right to have one.
As you can see, there is lot of “muck” to wade through in this book! I may refer back to this book for the practical aspects but wouldn’t highly recommend it to others. (I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.)
With that being said, I do hope you learned at least one thing from this post that you can apply today. May we strive to become godly girls with grit! 🙂
“And let us not be not weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
I Would Love to Know
On a scale of 1 – 10 how much grit do you think you have?
As a disclaimer, all the titles in the list above were taken from the action steps given in the book. However, the content of the list was written and shared in my own words.