Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.
Research shows that when kids are praised for being hard workers, they do better than kids who are praised just for winning, or being smart, or whatever. So, with kids, the positive message should be more about hard work than success. Learning the value of hard works helps kids develop the kind of grit that will serve them well throughout their lives. The same is true with addicts. Recovering addicts need to understand that the key to lasting sobriety is putting in the effort—working the steps, addressing painful underlying issues, and surrounding themselves with others who are also putting in the effort.
Just for Today
Be gritty in your recovery. Deal with a step or memory or feeling that is difficult for you.