Over the weekend I did a lot of reflecting on my journey over the past 11 years. It was just not reflecting on my 130-pound weight loss. To me, that is only a piece of my journey. My reflections were more on what got me here and where I am going.
We’ve all heard the term GRIT and although it may sound cliche, that is what truly got me where I am in the moment even as I write this post.
Grit is defined as “courage and resolve; strength of character”. It is courage, bravery, backbone, spirit, the strength of will, moral fiber, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, determination.
Why is GRIT important to me, to my overall health and well-being, and to help me reach my greatest potential? I can tell you that my personal transformation story could indeed be one of GRIT. I would not have it any other way!
Each of us has GRIT within us regardless of your circumstance. It’s all about making the decision and taking action, growing your mind, and believing it’s possible. It’s believing that failures are experiences that help us move forward.
GRIT is about mindset. When you stop the trash talk and shift your mind to self-love, compassion, and self-acceptance that’s when grace happens.
GRIT is about getting out of your comfort zone, doing hard things, and not quitting.
My dad instilled in me that we are all going to have to do hard things but the key is not to quit just because it’s hard or when it becomes hard. I finally owned this after fighting my weight and health for over 30 years. I did quit over and over again until I had that moment and I stood in the truth of my current reality and it was time to own it.
I now find momentum in doing hard things even if I don’t enjoy it — IT’S THE GRIT — that keeps me going. Sounds crazy I know. But the strength that I have gained from pushing through all the obstacles put forth in front of me is one that I continue to build.
I am living proof over and over again of GRIT. And, I wasn’t really aware of my inner strength of discovering true GRIT until my early 40’s.
If you think you don’t have GRIT in you, think again. I believe in you. You just need to believe in yourself.