The numbers continue to rise with those affected by COVID-19. However, rather than reporting numbers today, Let’s talk a little bit about fear and how FAITH and GRITT can help all of us navigate these tough times.

There are nearly 6 million car accidents in the United States each year. 3 million people are injured every year in car accidents. Nearly 33,000 people die each year (90 per day) and roughly 2 million are permanently injured as a result of vehicle crashes. Yet, most of us pile our entire family in our cars each day and travel at speeds of 70+ miles per hour, with nothing but a painted yellow line dividing us from other cars. We don’t think twice about the danger. Yet we still get in our cars and drive. Why? Because FAITH is far more powerful than fear.

When all hell breaks loose, FAITH gives us the ability to find our balance, to find answers, to understand ourselves better, and to find a higher purpose. If you’re a leader, you take that certainty and transfer it to others. That’s why I’ve been consistently communicating that CALM IS CONTAGIOUS! FAITH can bring unwavering certainty to chaotic environments.

FAITH allows us to know that we can handle whatever life brings us. The human race is powerful and we are unique because we have the ability to control our behavior, create an inner strength, become emotionally fit, and we can have GRITT to overcome anything. That tolerance of failure that we talk about in GRITT is real. When you become comfortable with failure, you never quit, you’ve trained your brain and your body to try again.

In this uncomfortable moment, in this time of uncertainly, it’s time for everyone to embrace a GRITT mindset. It’s time for you to be a leader and encourage all of those around you (friends, family, and co-workers) to do the same.

In every crisis, there are numerous opportunities. People who are successful are not lucky, they simply prepare and capitalize on opportunities that come their way.

Regardless of what’s happening around you, I’m sure there is a part of you that wants to exude GRITT. There’s a part of you that wants to accomplish goals, be responsible, be involved, be part of a team, and be comfortable with failure. This is your time for training. This is your time to be part of resilient team that has the GRITT necessary to make it through any situation.

Those who know me, know that I like to win. When I compete, I lay it all out there. I love to serve those individuals that want to get better, those who want more, those who are willing to put in maximum effort, those who hold themselves accountable to high expectations, and those who want to shape a better life for themselves.

It’s time for all of us to LEAD. It’s time to be conscious of your GRITT power and remind all of those around you that “this too shall pass”. Are you going to be reactive or proactive? Are you going to live in fear or have FAITH? Are you going to step down or step up? COVID-19 is going to change our country and almost every single American. Let’s all develop a GRITT mindset so each of us will be a better person on the other side of this crisis.