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Grit and gratitude

November 10, 2018
Grit and gratitude

Grit is the number one factor for success. Not IQ, not emotional intelligence, neither good looks nor physical health. Grit.

“Grit is 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.” – Angela Lee Duckworth

Lucky for me. I got plenty of it. I’ll hustle my way through anything.

As a Communications Advisor for the government, I had to fight so hard that inner voice telling me I should follow my passion and stop wasting my time (and life) in a cubicle.

Being a civil servant at 23 was definitely not my definition of #joblove. How come the 6th grade “Personality of the year” I was could end up in such a boring position?

Six years later, I’m glad I stuck with it. I took the challenge of focusing all my energy and creative power onto whatever project I was assigned. I made organisational information security sexy, created whole marketing campaigns out of thin air with no budget and brought some magic to an otherwise quite dull environment.

As Yogi Bhajan says, focus on what’s in front of you, pouring all you have into this very thing, and you’ll become a magnet for success.

This can’t happen if you keep believing others’ ice cream sandwiches are tastier than yours.

That’s why I believe there is one missing element in the equation : gratitude.

Lakshmi agrees. The legend of this Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity says that on the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Puja, Lakshmi was to visit homes and replenish the inhabitants with wealth. She was to bring prosperity to those who not only valued hard work, virtue and bravery, but also cultivated gratitude. Those were to be blessed with fortune and success. When greed was to be found in their heart, she would leave her place to Alakshmi, her elder sister, who represented everything she is not, and who would bring bad luck and misfortune to the household.

So here we are : on one side of the scale, though grind, and on the other, sweet and kind appreciation. Again, the yin and the yang. This delicate balance to always keep between mind and heart.

Yet what if they were not to be found opposites? What if there was a third way, where both grit and gratitude joined forces to create a truly richer and prosperous life?

There is, my friends. Or Yogi Bhajan says so, and who am I to contradict the guru?

For there is one way to reach grit and gratitude simultaneously : through grace.

Reverse the equation. Put gratitude first. Find that flickering light inside and switch it on.

It’s easier than you think. It doesn’t have to be big. Enjoying that breath you just took can do the trick.

Once you get that, you’ll be good to go. The only grit you’ll ever need again is to keep choosing happiness and remind yourself of that truth : you already have more than enough to be grateful for.

Now that you got home, just sit back and relax. Because who really wants to live life like a marathon? You’ve done the work. Light those candles of grit and gratitude next to each other in your heart and wait for Lakshmi to pay you a visit.

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