What truly separates success from failure? Why do some people continue to grind "until," regardless of obstacles and setbacks? Why do others become discouraged, give up, and at times, never fully recover from a Iife setback or major challenge?
According to a growing field of research, grit could be a dominant factor. Grit is "passion and perseverance for very long-term goals,” explains author Angela Duckworth. “Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. It is a long obedience in a singular direction."
If you’re feeling insufficiently gritty today, here’s the good news: Grit can be developed. Think of it as a muscle that can be exercised and made stronger.
Step 1: CHOOSE YOUR GRIT Experts agree that you can’t extend the full-bore energy and focus that comprise real grit to every part of your life. So make a conscious choice: Where do you want to get gritty? Your primary goal should be the an area where you feel the most passion and purpose.
Step 2: COMMITMENT AND CONSISTENCY All gritty individuals possess high ambitions, discipline and even resilience. They also use failure and setbacks to develop grit. They reframe mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. They know their "why." When you know your "why" you can eventually figure out the "how," but you have to stick with it... So, pick the area you want to grow your grit and commit. One task at a time, one day at a time, and before you know it, you will have begun to make great progress in a single direction. Great successes never come overnight. It is the result of a consistent, day to day, courageous effort that results in life changing outcomes.
Step 3: TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK We were not made to strive in isolation. God designed community for a reason. Together we can encourage and support each other. Community is the fuel that keeps the fire burning. It will remind you of "why" you do what you do. You can see the "meaning" of it in the lives you impact. So stay connected. Also reread the inspirational stories of "gritty individuals" in the Bible like Noah.
Developing grit is a worthy goal. We all want to live without regret. That may mean stepping out of our comfort zone and climbing some mountains that will take a long term sustained effort. So we all need to "get great at being gritty." This singular behavior can help develop the resilience and fortitude it will take to get us to the finish line.