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Thursday Pulpit: Got grit?

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One of the things that I enjoyed so much about watching the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals was the mastery that flowed as a current among the team players during every game. I am not a huge sports fan, but I was in awe with the high level of athleticism that was displayed day in and day out on the court. It seemed effortless, like they were born to play with one another.

I was inspired by the fact that every single player had participated in countless hours of hidden practice, where mistakes happened, injuries occurred, and personal sacrifices were made. It is because they made their dream the priority that they were playing in the championship series that was 40 years in the making.

Recently, I was watching a TED Talk given by Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor. She shared her findings on the character quality called grit. She began to study kids and adults in extremely challenging environments and wanted to find the answer to the question, “Who is successful here and why?” Her research team surveyed participants of the National Spelling Bee, major players from occupations such as doctors and lawyers, and the cadets of West Point Military Academy.

In the end, her team found that the people who are at the top of their game aren’t necessarily the most intelligent. They were the individuals who were willing to put the time in, finish what they start, and wouldn’t let setbacks disappoint them.

I look back at the Warriors’ season and how they embodied grit. Grit is having passion and perseverance to achieve long term goals. They played that season like a marathon, not a sprint. Grit requires the motivation to make something happen no matter what happens or how long it takes. It is unrelated to measures of talent or intelligence. Grit is what pushes a person to be willing to start over again with lessons learned.

In my life I see where I have shown grit. I see it in growing my practice and the dedication it takes to start a business of my own. The many steps that it took to get to where I am today took a large amount of perseverance and passion for my life purpose.

I have had days where I wanted to quit and give up, but deep down I know that helping others is when I am the happiest. I know that if I show up every day and make choices that are in alignment with my goals, I will achieve my dream.Spiritual Seed: Grit is where the gold is.

Kate Messmer is a spiritual coach. You can contact her at or find out more about her services at

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