Good afternoon! Grind
v. grind·ing, grind 1. a. To crush, pulverize, or reduce to powder by friction, especially by rubbing between two hard surfaces: grind wheat into flour. b. To shape, sharpen, or refine with friction: grind a lens. 2. To rub (two surfaces) together harshly; gnash:grind the teeth. 3. To bear down on harshly; crush. 4. To oppress or weaken gradually: “Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law” (Oliver Goldsmith). 5. a. To operate by turning a crank: ground a hurdy-gurdy. b. To produce or process by turning a crank: grinding a pound of beef. 6. To produce mechanically or without inspiration: The factory grinds out a uniform product. 7. To instill or teach by persistent repetition:ground the truth into their heads. ESPN Lacrosse analyst Quint Kessnich wrote an article for Inside Lacrosse. As he mentions, it is in some ways semantics, but there’s a point to the article that is much bigger than the discussion of the word in question. The article is about enjoying the attitude with which we approach our opportunities in life; in this particular case, lacrosse. Last month, I briefly touched on my experience during college doing face to face sales. One of the first things that we were told – our number one rule – was that enthusiasm and a great attitude trump everything else. The word “grind” was not to be used. We weren’t grinding, because grinding was counterproductive. It was one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in life, and I still think about it to this day. I try not to use the word grind much, and when I do, I’m conscious of it. I use it deliberately. Nothing in our day to day lives should be a grind. Are there times when we will have to grind through some experiences? Absolutely. But the difference between grinding and pushing is attitude.
A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.
It’s to our benefit to adjust not only our mental positioning, but our verbal positioning as well. The manner in which we verbally characterize our lives and the events therein, will have a profound effect on the way we experience them. Make it a GREAT day! Stay blessed. Chazz Woodson