Grit is the ability to keep going in the face of difficulty, no matter what you decide to do in life it’s very unlikely your goal is going to be easy or that success will simply happen over night.
In my experience ‘grit’ or a ‘grittiness’ of character is needed to keep going despite the setbacks life throws at you, grit is a combination of 2 things;
1. Not abandoning your goal to look for change.
2. Not abandoning your goal because of obstacles.
Grit has been also defined as the perseverance and passion for a long-term goal, however we should also not forget that the road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
Why I’m writing this blog about grit is that in today’s world I believe for some of us we are starting to take things for granted and we may have forgotten or never learned life’s lessons through adversity.
Where has the ‘stiff upper lip’ that defined the old-fashioned British strength of character gone? and how many Americans still believe in the ‘American way’ that if you work hard enough and long enough you will get what you want?
Grit is a trait of character that needs to be nurtured in both ourselves and in our children, it is built up by learning not from success but from failure. It is acquired by learning that getting back up is the key to success and that the fun is in ‘trying’ and not just the result.
Grit requires a ‘Growth mindset’ of hard work, learning, training and doggedness to be developed and this doesn’t just happen by chance.
Once you have developed your ‘Grit’ you also need to be able to tap into it, this is easier to do if you;
1. Have clear goals (it’s far easier to get back up when you can see the finish line).
2. Know exactly what the next step is, and what you have to do to get to your goal.
3. Stick to a plan.
So you may ask yourself, have I got any grit now and can I measure how much grit I have?
Here’s a questionnaire that will do just that;
Remember grit is all about you being passionate, determined and persevering towards your goal despite setbacks or adversity, and on a final note here are a few quotes from famous people throughout the ages.
Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese Proverb
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
He conquers who endures. Persius
And finally my favourite quote; “The greatest oak was once a hard little nut who held its ground”.