Starting with laying the foundation of our mental make-up with the concrete mixture of passion and perseverance, once this has stabilized then the design of bricks (thoughts and emotions) are cemented into the structure to reinforce the ability of handling any adversity and setbacks before getting stronger and resilient.
The bricks are:
- Interest. Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying the what you do.
- The capacity to practice. One form of perseverance is the daily discipline to the sort of focused, full-hearted, challenge-exceeding-skill practice that leads to mastery.
- Purpose What ripens passion is the conviction that your work matters.
- Hope is a rising-to-the-occasion kind of perseverance
How do we get Grit?
If you lack those abilities, you can grow your grit in these five ways:
- Pursue your interests. Find something that fascinates you.
- Practice, practice, practice. Get a little bit better every day.
- Connect to a higher purpose.
- Cultivate hope.
- Surround yourself with gritty people.
How do you develop more grit?
- Work with your feelings, validate them don’t ignore them.
- Get comfortable being uncomfortable – Do things that stretch you
- Keep an eye on the big picture – Learn your why behind everything you do. What’s your source of motivation? Why do you WANT to do it?
- Develop simple repeatable resiliency habits. A personal mantra is an example.
- Get clear on what is in your control and what’s out of your control. Then choose to let go and focus your efforts on what is in your control.
- Set reasonable expectations.
- Focus on the next step, not the finish line.
- Get Clarity = what do we want NOW?
- Prime Enthusiasm (feeling) = what can I get excited about today? Passion for a short time, daily. Emotional connection to our goals etc
- Block time = schedule time to show commitment (non-reactive)
- Enlist a team of influencers
Instead of perceiving life as something to contend with
- Inner strength
- Freedom from self-imposed limitations
- Acceptance of real limitations
- Sense of place and purpose
- Power to respond creatively to challenging events
- Being able to rest in peace
- Develop a fascination = what questions do we need to answer?
- Daily Improvement = compete to do better, whatever it takes, I want to improve
- Greater Purpose = Pleasure and a greater meaning
- Growth Mindset = Core Beliefs / Abilities are not fixed
Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”
Self-Management = maintain / sustainability
Rely on ourselves
Open to learning and discovery of what’s possible
Life = treatment room
Events of our lives = encounters help us to be our best selves
Failure is only a setup for a comeback.
Failure might still sting a little, but when you have grit, it inspires you to want to do better.
Instead of letting boredom be a sign to switch gears, people with grit persevere.
Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times before it was published.
Animal Farm by George Orwell was rejected because there was no market for animal stories in the USA back then.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 12 times and J. K. Rowling was told “not to quit her day job.”
Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Darwin was not enthused on becoming a scientist his whole life, thanks to his dad, who called him lazy and too dreamy.
Darwin once wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.”
So always remember: Be proud of your work. And never quit trying.
Cultivate your grit and push yourself further outside your comfort bubble. And remember what Ryan Holiday said, “The obstacle is the way”.
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