Grit: How to Keep Going When You Want to Quit

Grit produces hope, not the other way around. Every difficult step you take strengthens hope. But hope shrivels when you quit.

Helen Keller said, “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence,” but she has it backwards. Action energizes hope and confidence. Hope wilts apart from action.

Grit takes you places talent and brains only dream about. Image of a person exercising.

Don’t lay on the ground waiting to feel hope. Hope meets you when you get up. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius

Grit keeps you from quitting, not hope.

Where grit comes from:

Your attitude about adversity produces grit.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie

3 Attitudes that produce grit:

#1. Relish the battle.

Lace up your boxing gloves when darkness approaches. Bring it on! You’d rather go down swinging than surrender.

Tip: Someone else helps boxers lace up their gloves. Invite people into your corner. If you can’t find people to lace up your gloves, go lace up the gloves of someone else. Whatever you do, get in the fight. Don’t sit on the sidelines.

#2. Learn from the fire.

  1. Your ability to take a punch comes from getting punched.
  2. You aren’t a victim of the pandemic. You learned to value relationships, for example.
  3. Get creative when you get knocked down. What else might you try? Necessity produces openness. When COVID prevented people from gathering, you learned creative alternatives.

#3. Search for clarity during adversity.

Find clarity when your legs sink in the mud.

Identify what’s important. Forget about trivialities. Determine what truly matters to you. Establish priorities. Focus on action.

People who press into adversity eventually believe the future is brighter than the past. People who wait to feel powerful before they act become victims.

What keeps you going when you feel like quitting?

Still curious:

How to Multiply the Power of Grit Before You Crash and Burn

Book: “Grit.”