By Gary Ryan Blair
“Greatness loves the scrappy ones…it expects you to pay the price, to fight your way through obstacles, to get dirty and sweaty and stinky, and…to demonstrate just how badly you want it by out-suffering and out-hustling your competition.” - Gary Ryan Blair
Your success in any endeavour is forever linked directly to your heart, your will, your commitment…your ability to get and stay scrappy.
Whether you choose to call it being feisty, having moxie or demonstrating grit…the point remains…anything worthwhile will not come without a good fight.
To be scrappy is to be infused with the spirit and soul of a champion….it's an attitude that makes you unstoppable in the pursuit of your goals.
You cannot ever let fatigue, resistance, competition or obstacles make you a coward, nor can you ever expect to win without struggling, without suffering, without sacrificing…as these are all essential elements of winning.
So, here are a few simple Yes or No questions to determine your scrappiness IQ.
Before answering…be mindful that behaviour never lies.
Would people describe you as being scrappy, unrelenting, and passionately committed to your goals?
• Does your behaviour consistently demonstrate a feisty, relentless determination?
• Is your resolve stronger and grittier than your fears and excuses?
• Are you mentally prepared to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes?
• Do you have a history of out-suffering and out-hustling your competition?
Your answers reveal a great deal about your past, current and future success.
Being scrappy is a commitment and intention that stands in the face of obstacles, hardships, temptations, financial difficulties, failing physical health, broken relationships, and stiff competition.
By choosing to be scrappy, you are demonstrating no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace, nor are you softening or yielding in determination.
The scrappy attitude is the winning attitude and the remarkable thing about life is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
What that means is…you can choose to be scrappy, relentless and fully committed or you can choose to roll over, make an excuse and surrender to weakness.
You cannot change your past.
You cannot change the inevitable.
You cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
The only thing you can do is to play on the one string you have, and that is your attitude-your scrappy, unstoppable, unbeatable attitude.
Quitting is the path of least persistence. There will be times when a voice within you seems to shout: “I doubt if I can continue.” “Why don't you just quit and go back to safer ground.” “I don't know if this will ever work.” “Who am I kidding?” “Why not just throw in the towel.”
Whenever that happens, dismiss your doubts, roll up your sleeves and get scrappy.
In fact, getting and staying scrappy is the solution to every problem and the gateway to every great success.
• Back against the wall?
• Need to make a comeback?
• Looking for redemption?
• Intense competition?
• Big opportunity?
Don't worry. Get Scrappy!
Your ability to fight for what you want, to get and stay scrappy is ultimately a physical, emotional and spiritual demonstration of how badly you want to succeed.
Great adversity and setback is NOT, nor will it ever be the problem. It's the inability to doggedly carry on despite them that is the problem.
That's why your lifelong challenge is to stand up and deliver…to confront and overcome obstacles, to prove that your will and gritty resolve is bigger and more resilient than any obstacle or resistance force.
Greatness loves the scrappy ones, as it's hard to beat a person who never gives up…and there are very few obstacles that can withstand the relentless attack of one bold aggressive move after another.
So, why should you put yourself through so much pain, sacrifice, and suffering?
The answer is as simple as it is profound…because if you can pass the big tests, if you can overcome the seemingly impossible, if you can deliver a knockout punch to fear and still keep moving forward onward towards your goals…you will inspire others and prove to yourself that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Got it scrappy?
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