goldilocks

I sometimes feel people are too hung up waiting for that big “Aha!” moment before taking action. For example: delaying their workout till their Goldilocks conditions are met, where everything is just right. The sun is not too hot, a cool breeze is blowing and the squat racks are empty.

In life, you often have to conquer those gremlins in your head that go “Meh, let’s binge watch Mad Men and do this later” and get off your backside. You’ve got to accept that life’s an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

“We are all dealt a hand and we have to decide how to play it.”
– Voltaire

If not, those big dreams you have will just reside in the realm of your imagination. And as you hurtle towards the end of your life, you’re going to leave this world feeling unfulfilled and discontented. You got to have the grit to push through and see things to the end. Stop postponing your life and take charge.

Recommended listening:

Freakonomics – How to Get More Grit in Your Life:
The psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person’s level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn’t something you’re born with — it can be learned. Here’s how.

The Power And Problem Of Grit
Most of us can quickly grasp the importance of perseverance for success. But that’s only half of the equation, according to Angela. The other half is an abiding interest and passion for a singular pursuit. Gritty people wake up thinking about the same questions they go to bed thinking about. Rather than being “discovered” through angst-ridden introspection, psychologists believe interests are developed and deepened over time through continuing engagement with a pursuit.

 

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