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An athlete on Level 1 of the Scale of Gritness is soft. They coast through life and at every obstacle, they turn back. They may know what they want to achieve, but they don’t have a plan and their efforts are aimless. They may have great talent but they’re missing the mental toughness that is required to be a top performer. If a Level 1 encounters a problem, they wait for the problem to be solved for them. They do not persevere, they do not persist; they only give up. In a firefight, a Level 1 instinctively hides behind a civilian. If it’s a day to train and it rains, a Level 1 will use this as an excuse not to work out and couch surf instead. They’ll put off training legs indefinitely and will never use free weights. A Level 1 doesn’t care what supplements they use, because they’re unable to follow through a full cycle of one before they’re onto trying another one.


If you’re a Level 5 on the Scale of Gritness you’re both halfway to greatness but still halfway to mediocrity. They have a decent physique and show flashes of Gritness, but ultimately fall short – lacking the self-control and discipline needed. A Level 5 is a key example of an athlete who has the knowledge to succeed, but either can’t or chooses not to apply this knowledge to take their physique to the next level.


A Level 7 on the Scale of Gritness is a good athlete, but is missing a key ingredient that could make them great. They may have a solid physique (they train legs), and sets both short and long term goals for their training. A Level 7’s Gritness is challenged when it comes to adverse situations. A Level 7 on the Scale of Gritness has self-control, but is overwhelmed by setbacks. A Level 7 is still not mentally tough enough to power through adversity. A Level 7 is a high draft pick that simply never lives up to their potential because they lack the true passion of an athlete who has True Grit.


If you’re a Level 10 on the Scale of Gritness, you’re an extreme athlete with hard goals that you relentlessly pursue day in and day out. If you’re a Level 10, you’re driven by an insatiable need to do more than you have ever done before, and you don’t fear the thought of failing in your attempt.

 A Level 10 athlete brings a level of gritness to everything they do.  A Level 10 has the self-motivation and discipline to drive through a blizzard to get to the gym. They train legs on leg day not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard. A Level 10 is the guy banging out set of squats when everyone else is training chest. A Level 10 is a Hall of Fame athlete who thrived under the pressure and delivered championships and titles to a rapid fan base who scrutinized his every move.

A Level 10 is an athlete who beats cancer and comes back to lead the league in scoring with just half a season of games under his belt. #thatsgrit

Steven Flowers

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