Despite huge personal risks in facing Humankind’s most Hate-filled and Evil oppressors, Grit, for the Enslaved was doing what had to be done. They reached deep into their Private Selves to fashion Selfhood Armor and enduring Stamina so as to remain standing in the game of Evils played by the oppressors in competing with each other to win. Whatever successes our Enslaved Ancestors had were not necessarily acquired by the smartest ones, or by being in the best networks, or by having the most accommodating settings, skills, or skin-color. Rather, the key for their varied successes was designed by their "Grit"—i.e. living life with firmness of spirit and mind to overcome present daily horrors. Such was a display of toughness of Character + "Pluck" ('spirit,' spunk) + a determination not to yield from what was “Right”. To carefully study these aspects of our Enslaved Ancestors is a way today’s Black People can rekindle their Genius. Applying every little bit of such Grit—i.e. firmness of Purpose in intensely following their goal to the destination–leads to multiple small successes. Each success imparts the Self-Courage to be increasingly “Vulnerable”. Rather than Vulnerable referring to fear of being wounded, here it is removing ones selfhood armor to powerfully face challenges of daily living. To be Spiritually Vulnerable is to “dare reality” with calculated risks. It exposes ones Private Self (e.g. ones Soul, “Heart,” personal sensitivities) to possible harm for probable Self-Improvement rewards. Each process, whether a set-back or a success, expands ones Personal Power. That clears ones mind for properly assessing all problem aspects so as to devise “workable” plans for avoiding, defending, and protecting against all hate-filled Supernatural people as well as to design ways around losses, lacks, and obstructions they deliberately generate. To have Grit–powered by a Free Mind, Spiritual Courage, and a Self-Declaration to get what one is after–is how to handle ones Personal Challenges.
Step I is to override ones “I can’t do it” Fears in order to be about doing what one does not want to do and yet has to do. The point is to get a Free Mind, as Martial Artists do when surrounded by opponents. In this way, they become more sensitive to harmony and disharmony—both of which sharpen their ability to “Feel” the situation and then decide what to do. This comes from realizing every human is born Selfhood Great from possessing a Spark of God. That alone paves a way to ones “Heart” which, in turn, interconnects to spur ones own dormant enormous Personal Power. This can only happen by completely rising above ones chronically hurt Emotions inflicted by “outsiders” and by oneself—for they make absolutely no contribution to ones self-improvement. Instead, they act as a mental “ball and chain” on ones creativity and thinking skills and burn energy. For some challenges are to discover, develop, and find the proper niche for ones Talent so it can be most effectively used for ones “ME/WE” Mission in life. For others, challenges are to make proper choices and decisions concerning creating, enhancing, and maintaining Harmony within oneself and/or with fellows.
Step II: prioritize all problems and select the keystone one to handle first—i.e. the one to which all the other problems are probably connected. Step III: see the keystone problem for “what it is” at just that moment”–without hope, optimism, or pessimism. After realistically seeing the problem, gather exhaustively pertinent research, as time permits. But then, it is necessary to struggle alone with the problem or situation, without following anyone’s advice. In this way, one can know where to troubleshoot while proceeding to the goal and afterward. Step IV—form Plans A, B, and C to handle the problem or situation and play out in ones minds a troubleshooting process with each. Even better, set-up a game whereby the opponents assumed actions are checkered differently in each “what if” situation of Plan A—then Plan B—and then Plan C. Figure out ways to get around “what if” sudden obstacles thrown on the Plan A path. Do the same for losses and lacks occurring unexpectedly. Find ways and resources to get through and to the destination—feeling free enough to make mistakes. Then seizing those mistakes as opportunities to explore what to do or not do and how to be aware of those same problematic aspects in other areas of life. Prepare for problems without planning on trusting anyone’s help. Being self-reliant puts one on an upward sense of empowerment spiral stair-case journey which leads back to the higher levels of the best of oneself. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com