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: