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    In psychology Grit is defined as a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual's perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal. In many ways it defines what we Bees have come to accept as our fitness journey with DAREBEE. It also stands, now, for our ability to withstand the many emotional and psychological pressure we experience as we face a protracted lockdown and enforced stay at home because of Covid-19.

    Perseverance and passion are excellent determinants in a normal context. We have each had direct experience of them in our personal fitness journey and we are more than comfortable with how they make us feel. This current crisis, however, is far from normal. To weather it successfully, each of us needs extra resources. Obviously we need the social connection of a place like The Hive where we can share the things that trouble us and seek help and support. But even that is not enough when the pressures we face inside ourselves mount up.

    To help with this I will add to the 2 Ps represented by Perseverance and Passion a third P. This one is Purpose. It is our sense of purpose that helps us dig deep when things are tough. It is our sense of purpose that make us cling on when all we want to do is let go. Purpose provides the direction we need when we are not sure which way to go.

    I will leave you with that thought and this excellent video from Angela Lee Duckworth's TED Talk:

    Stay true Bees. Define your purpose.

    Nice topic and good video!

    From last January until November, a big part of my exercise routine was swimming. I wasn't typically very fast though, and would usually get passed by most people in the pool. The thing was though that they could do 12 laps at a pretty fast pace, but I was doing 40 at a pace where I could not burn out before finishing. Something that I told myself was that "I pass them on 100% of the laps that they don't swim.".


      Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
      Nice topic and good video!

      The thing was though that they could do 12 laps at a pretty fast pace, but I was doing 40 at a pace where I could not burn out before finishing. Something that I told myself was that "I pass them on 100% of the laps that they don't swim.".
      That's the spirit of a smart guy


        I see what you did there Damer and I like it. This is Excellent Stuff!


          I remember seeing that TED Talk, or rather a part of it, in a video called Get Your New Year's Resolutions to Stick.

          The quarantine stuff sure has overstayed it's welcome and it sure has made me question my Purpose. As I've read in a self-book title "Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins, the way you question your Purpose can be empowering or dis-empowering. Not going into too much detail, questions like "Why is this happening to us?" "Are we going to be okay?" are not healthy questions to indulge in because they'll make us focus on the negative, the second question even creating a presupposition that we are not okay to begin with.

          More interesting questions would be perhaps "What's great about this?" "What opportunities does this bring?" "What is not perfect yet?" "What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?"

          Personally, I gave a shot at the Evil Russian Push Up Program which in my normal day-to-day life would not be possible considering how often it requires you to do reps. I still couldn't do it because I would often forget, but it sure was fun anyway


            Damer Excellent article & timing as always. Thank you very much.


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              I have been reading a lot of Stoic philosophy lately, helps you get your mind right and get to the grind !!


                This has been an issue of mine for a long while.

                So many times I've "restarted" and stated "This is Day ONE!!"

                Only to get to Day Three or twenty or two hundred and suddenly it's been three weeks since I was in the gym.

                Part of me wants to know the magic trick to 'keep on keeping on'.

                Most of me knows the hard truth that there IS no magic trick.

                It's a day to day thing.

                My defaul t position has almost always been to NOT work out or diet, so everything I do to get in shape is in opposition to my 'normal'.

                Just interested in figuring out how to flip the switch...or if that's even possible at 56.


                  Kingstonmike your case is far from unique. We all experience peaks and troughs in our moods and focus. The "trick" (and it isn't really a trick) is to accept that the lows will happen regardless of how good you feel when you feel good. There will come a day when fatigue, stress, the weather, the outside world or whatever gods exist, will conspire and make you feel so low that you just want to give up. And it is on those days that you need to feel your worth and your purpose. You will have to work out what works for you. We are the same age. When I hit those days I just say to myself "warform. That's what I am working for." so I play a mental game when at my lowest point I show up and go through the motions. At the very worst I haven't given up. Some times the low I feel fades away and I do a pretty good session on a day when it was likely I wouldn't. I keep on doing this until my brain and mood picks up again. It's the mental component of us that lets us down, not the physical. We need to work on that component more and be smart on how we manage it. I really hope this helps.