If you don’t like your current situation, it’s on you to get yourself out. And there is a way out, but it’s uncommon.
You have to do the daily work and create the discipline to change. Take time to better yourself and those around you. Focus on others’ needs instead of your own. I see it all too often (and was guilty of it myself). People expect things to be handed to them and want instant gratification. They don’t realize the struggle and the daily grind it takes to get to where you want to be. It’s not about how many times you’ve succeeded. Ask yourself how many times you’ve failed. You learn. You keep going.
Word to the wise: Embrace adversity.
Run toward it and not away from it. Go looking for adversity, or what I call “purposeful pain,” and let it mold you like a sword being forged in fire. That is your School of Grit. Think of it as your own personal boot camp; allow it to mold you into the person you were born to become.
My book is about my own personal journey and how I took a giant leap of faith and signed up for what’s been called the “world’s toughest civilian training on the planet.” It is the type of thing that truly pushes a person out of their comfort zone and attacks them on every level—physically, mentally, emotionally, intuitionally, and spiritually. This book is about a man who was struggling to find his place in the world. He took a chance and bet on himself when others didn’t understand and even doubted his sanity and whether he could make it. It’s about a dad who rejoiced in adversity and looked fear in the face and told it to give up.
If I could offer only one piece of advice to use for the rest of your life, it would be this: try new things, do stuff that scares you, and master your inner dialogue. You learn a lot about yourself when you step out of your comfort zone and push your own perceived limits—that’s where the real growth happens. Nike got it right with their tagline, “Just do it.” I like to take that and put my own spin on it. “Do hard stuff and grow your grit.”
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