Now that sports is coming back I’m watching my beloved Chicago Blackhawks fight their way through the shortened season and into the playoffs. I don’t know how far they will go, but they are far from the favorite to win. Just to get into the actual playoffs they had to beat a no. 5 seed. And they did. It was a classic 12/5 upset.
What I love about sports in the playoffs is that teams who are not supposed to be there, the underdogs, get scrappy. They get creative. They get gritty and have determination to prove that they belong in the fight. And with the right motivation from their coaches and each other they can do amazing things. They can pull off upsets. They can prove the naysayers wrong. They do belong. They do deserve to hoist the cup.
Everyone has Grit and Determination
Grit and determination is not just for athletes. For just as many cinderella sports teams that you read a headline about, I’ve seen way more stories on LinkedIn about individuals finding new jobs. They are sharing their metrics too. 150 days out of a job. 130 jobs applied for. 29 interviews. 3 ghosting by recruiters. 3 job offers. 1 new wonderful employer.
courage and resolve; strength of character.definition of grit
I’ve personally never been in that position except maybe when I graduated college and was looking for my first job. I have certainly been fortunate. But these individuals are grinding it out. They are not only finding grit and determination to find a new job, in many cases they are finding better jobs. They are pivoting into something they really love or want to do.
firmness of purpose; resoluteness.definition of determination
Everyone has or can have a situation that requires focus, embracing new behaviors, fixing bad habits, or changing your destiny. What I’ve determined is that it is a state of mind. To be courageous is a state of mind. To have resolve is a state of mind. And to get in that state of mind sometimes means you have to accept things you normally wouldn’t.
Embrace the Suck
I think one of the hardest parts of any situation that you come across that is unpleasant or unexpected is to take a minute to assess your situation, then just “embrace the suck.” What do I mean by that?
On one hand you can fight the situation ahead of you. You can pretend it isn’t as bad as it is. You can lie to yourself that it is “temporary” or “will just last <insert X period of time here>. Or you can grab the preverbal bull by the horns and embrace the fact that you are in a situation that you’d prefer not to be in.
That could be a project you’ve been given. It could be a job loss. It could be a personal situation. When you embrace the suck it is amazing how your attitude can change to focus on getting the task/project done and change your situation. To dig in and believe that you accomplish the goal or fix the problem. That takes grit. That takes determination. You embrace the suck and make plans and execute to make it better.
Back to my beloved Chicago Blackhawks. As of writing this we are down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs with the Las Vegas Knights. We went to overtime in Game 2 and lost by one point. Every point is a battle. The players on both teams are grinding it out every line change (hockey term for a group of players who go on and off the ice together in rotations). It will take teamwork, grit and determination to advance to the next round. What’s the next round of your playoffs? Are you willing to go the extra effort to grind it out?