Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Grind...What is your Plan?
In part 1, I wrote that one of challenges facing our younger generations is that they often don’t have a realistic understanding of how to achieve their dreams. In the words of Simon Sinek, they see the summit, but they don’t see the mountain. Seeing the mountain means that you understand that goals don’t come easy. You will need to put a plan in
place to reach your goal. This is the Grind.
I watched 3 seasons of a TV show – Mount Everest: Beyond the Limit – that documented adventurers attempting to climb the world’s highest mountain. I was fascinated by the level of planning that went into preparing for the climb and then the climb itself. Two indispensable characteristics stood out that must be present in your Grind:
1. Intentionality. If you do nothing, nature takes over and you will fall back. In life you are either growing or dying – there is no plateauing. The gravitational pull of “the easy way out” is relentless. Here are a few items for which you must plan:
o The hurdles you will need to overcome
o The people you will need talk with
o The habits you will need to start
o The habits you will need to stop
o The knowledge you will need to attain
I concluded this: In the absence of a clear plan to reach the summit, goals become, at best, a daydream and, at worst, a nightmare.
2. Intensity. You press on to possess. When Paul said, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us he was employing the imagery of a runner straining to not just reach, but to run through finish. This is a picture of urgent intensity.
Having a clear vision of our purpose and our goals and a plan to achieve them is only the start:
Having a Goal without understand the necessary Grind is pipe dream. Having a Goal and understanding the Grind, but not having the Grit to execute it, is a nightmare.
Stay tunes for next week's post: Part 3 –