When I first stumbled on this book a while back, I wasn’t really sure why it called to me. I’d never really struggled to push through hard things. In my mind, I’d survived my fair share of them. And yet I was at the crossroads of a season I’d never encountered.
I’d hit my 3-year threshold for a project and felt like I was miserably failing. I didn’t want to get off the ride. I still felt like there was so much to be done. But I also knew that I needed to understand perseverance in a new way: enter Grit.
Now I’m very much someone who believes in listening to their inner voice and trusting the process. However, there can come a time when the doubt we think we’ve been quietly carrying along has actually overtaken our ability to believe in ourselves. As Angela says, ” Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” (1)
If you’re looking for clarity, the ability to break through your current block, or just want to understand how you can endure when right now it feels like everything is working against you, Grit is definitely one of the best books for motivation. I would 100% recommend the audiobook as well. Sometimes we just need a little pep talk in our day.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve spent time examining my personal relationship with alcohol. Do I like wine? What does it mean for me to drink? How does my body respond to this? Etc. I’ve done a podcast episode on it as well if you missed it.
But for me, Quit Like A Woman offered an opportunity to reevaluate things. And as far as the best books for motivation, it probably doesn’t seem like the most likely candidate. Yet it’s been one of the biggest blessings for me over the last year. Here’s why:
I’m a big believer in habits. The things we do intentionally. The things we have no idea that we’re doing. I’m all about tweaking and changing my daily life so that it happens automatically and in my favor. But I can’t examine the habits I don’t realize I’ve normalized without an outside perspective (thank you Quit Like A Woman).
I’m not going to be the person that condemns drinking. I enjoy the occasional glass of wine knowing that I need to be extra picky about it since a vast majority of wines on the market have added sugar. However, more often than not, it can be challenging for someone to stop drinking or say they need space from alcohol without feeling condemned.
Maybe it’s become a coping mechanism. Maybe it’s the thing that is everywhere and we’ve never thought to question why (ps. this is a fascinating piece to learn in the book).
Nevertheless, sometimes the thing we need to be motivated again is a new perspective on something that’s become so normal/bland that we lack any distance to see how it’s impacting our lives. Quit Like A Woman is a great opportunity to examine this for yourself and learn a bit in the process.