Think of it this way: Spartan strength is the determination that arises out of true commitment. Grit is the assertion and application of will to fulfill that commitment. Spartan strength emerges out of a psychic alignment to get something done. That alignment is determined and unbreakable: this is just what is going to be. Grit emerges out of the force of will that manifests action. Grit is execution. Grit actually gets shit done.
Spartan strength and grit are what we’re looking for in the Death Race and in the Spartan Race. We’ve determined that they’re the most important factors in personal success. To succeed at life we must be able to do that which sucks: working late on a weekend in order to meet a deadline; doing what your boss tells you to do even if you don’t agree with it; studying for days to score high on midterms. These activities are not fun—they suck—but you have to do them in order to succeed. If you approach life the right way, you can turn that which, from the outside, looks like it will suck or be miserable into something fun to overcome.
We learn to be gritty, or we learn not to be gritty. The alarm goes off at 5:00 A.M.—what do you do? Believe it or not, our success in life often hangs in the balance. If we go through life hitting the snooze button, our chances for success plunge. We are dramatically decreasing our odds of success in life. When successful executives are studied, one of the basic common denominators found is that they all wake up early and work out. None of them are hitting snooze. They all know that if you snooze, you lose.
Developing grit is easier said than done, but there are specific strategies to do so, which include:
Making a commitment, one that will make life better for you and for those around you. Determining what kinds of bullshit usually gets in the way of your fulfilling said commitment. Learning how to recognize the bullshit when it sneaks up on you and telling it to go away by focusing solely on the task at hand. Executing the task at hand as if your ass is on fire. Recommitting and doing it all again! Make sure the goal in question matters.
Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life