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If you’ve been around motivational videos and content long enough, you probably are familiar with the Overcharge Effect. It’s similar to leaving your phone on the charger overnight, that turns out to kill your battery in the long run, due to overcharging. An overdose on the Inspiration pills often makes you feel like yeah! & Yeah! & YEAH! & YE YAH! & (ok) YEAH!? (That’s enough I) YEAH!?! (OK stop) YEEEEAAAAH!?!?!?! And before you know it, just like a shaken can of soda, you shoot out right on the first small thing you do in the name of change, and, are left empty to take any more.
That is when you begin to feel helpless and hopeless again. Then the inspiration cycle begins once more.
Inspiration is like chocolate. It tastes good. It feels good. But if you take it without using its energy on exercise of the mind or body, it makes you fat. We feel like a sack of potatoes, under more sacks of potatoes, in a vegetable truck when we listen to it without living the content in our lives. This is why when we finally get around to doing something, like a shaken can, all the inspiration we’ve been accumulating for like a week empty out half way of our attempt at organizing the closet.
Inspiration is taken a bite at a time. And after each bite, action. Step by step. Action after action. Moving with a certain pace. Calm. Collected. In every indignation. And when you start sack potato-ing, take another bite.
The irony of grit is not based on holding the rope of your life over your shoulder, pulling it as you climb over some dune somewhere in sunset of the Sahara, fearlessly grinding as a background motivational track from YouTube plays on. No.
The irony of grit is the demeanour of not making a big deal about it and still doing your very best in the moment, no matter how bad you’re having it.
In our era, the term Entitlement has become instafamous. And for good reason. When you’re in your journey of life, you so often get inspired to change your situation for the better. The entitlement sneaks in, when you begin asking for opinions from every successful person you can find, on what’s the best way to tackle that one same issue you forever still haven’t worked on. Because what you really are doing is, seeking validation, both in getting the green light to take action and for someone to finally understand how hard your situation is. But never seeking for someone to slap reality into your face and accept no excuses; a vice we’re all guilty of.
Life is never easy and it’ll never be; let no one tell you otherwise.
True action, true change, is taking a single bite of inspiration, finding just a single action to take and using it; living the how out of it in your life, and, not making all the effort you’re putting in a big deal for you, and especially for others.
The admiration will come after the results. And you can tell your story then. But for now, how can you live a single advice at a time of what you want to change about your life?
Because, that, is the true Irony of Grit.