Weird title huh? We gonna get to that.
First though let's talk about Grit...
"To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight." That's from Duckworth's book Grit.
I met Duckworth at a conference in Canada and spoke with her afterwards. I share that not to name drop but simply to share some important insights from those engagements.
Just because you study something...even say your own potential... or Grit...does not mean now that you have that 'thing' automatically waxed...that somehow you've sealed the deal and reached some new levels of perfection.
Sure you probably have higher levels of discipline and so on but it does not by any stretch of the imagination leave you immune to not 'falling down'.
Case in point...Duckworth at the conference said she had intended to wake up earlier that morning but did not (and that was coming from a leading global expert in 'Grit')
You see regardless of who you are, what you seek to achieve or have achieved the key through the 'grit' model is not trying to have a perfect run all the time but the ability rise on the eighth time over and over again (towards that long - term goal).
Get good at that...getting back on the horse and show up regularly and from a Grit perspective you'll be turning days into weeks into years of deliberate practice.
Might need some tweaking and 'ladders against the right walls' on the way but should not stop you from trying the moment you fall (first or second or third time).
You can get back up each and every time and for sure you probably gonna 'fall' again and that's also totally okay.
On the Eighth...you know what to do.
p.s what if the '8th' is not simply a calendar day that comes around every 30 days. What if its 'the 8th' everyday?