We all need ‘grit’

One of my favorite Ted Talk was by Angela Lee Duckworth, a consultant turned teacher turned psychologist. She studied people over several life stages to see who among them will be successful, and why.

What she found out was the single characteristic of success is “grit.” She described it as “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

I realized that we need this passion in all aspects of our life. In simple, every day thing, we need to have this self-driven attitude that if we really want to have something or be someone, we need to work hard on it. Everything that we do should be towards the achievement of our goals. Focus, focus, focus. It also means that we need to do things that may not be enjoyable but it necessary, if we want to reap the rewards.

For the past two weeks, every Friday, I make it a point to create a task list of my Saturday activities. This usually involves ministry work, physical improvement, house tasks, business plans, and things related to spirituality. It has been fun so far, because not only I create the most out of my rest day, but I also make sure that these are done with the goal in sight. There are sacrifices to be made of course. This means lack of sleep during the day. Lesser movie time. But it’s all worth it.

The Bible even says “keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,” (2 Timothy 4:5). And so hopefully, we will all have this desire to remain focus on our goal.

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