Productivity: Get a Grit on It

“Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.”
–John Ortberg, American pastor and author

No, that’s not a spelling error in the title of this post. The title does say, “Get a grit on it.” Grit is the attitude and/or state of mind to keep going/to keep pushing especially when things get tough or tiring. We all know what it feels like to reach our perceived limits. At that point in time, we have a choice to make. Do we just give up? Or do we keep going? Developing grit will help keep us moving in the midst of difficulty and/or adversity.

As I’ve mentioned a few times in this blog, I started running sometime last year. For me, the easiest part of each run is the beginning. That’s when my energy levels are at its highest and when my legs and lungs are at its freshest. On the opposite spectrum, I find that the hardest part is always the last stretch when my body is tired and my legs and lungs are weary. The last portion of each run is where I’ve learned to develop grit. When my body doesn’t feel like going any further, that’s when I grit my teeth, focus my mind on the goal, and keep moving until I reach the end.

If we’re going to accomplish the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we’re going to need to develop some grit. We’ll need to learn to put ourselves in that disciplined state of mind to keep pushing especially when the going gets tough. There will be plenty of times when we’re going to feel like throwing in the towel and just giving up on something. Those times will come. Brace yourselves. But developing some grit will enable us to keep moving forward in accomplishing our goals even when we don’t feel like it.

I think this is especially important in accomplishing the goals that God has already set for us: loving Him completely, serving others sacrificially, and making disciples. There will be times when we don’t feel like worshiping God or caring about the needs of others or taking the time to disciple someone else. We could be exhausted from work. Or we could feel that the task is too challenging to accomplish. Or we could feel like we’re just not getting anywhere with it. That’s when we have to grit our teeth, focus our minds on what God has called us to do, and just keep moving. Get a grit on it.

What areas of your life do you need to develop some grit?