Think of the goals you have set for yourself. Think of the direction you set for each goal; did you achieve those goals in the time frame you allowed? Did you experience setbacks and hurdles along the way? How did you handle those struggles? Depending on how you answered those questions is vital in determining how much grit you have. Keep reading, and we can determine what grit is, how it can help you grow, and how to acquire it.
What is the purpose of grit?
The purpose of grit is to keep us focused on our goals and giving us the drive to achieve those goals. If you look hard enough behind success and achievement, you will find grit.
If you have the talent and the smarts already that's excellent, but to thrive and do well, we need the ability to follow through. A great example of this is when a sports star has the natural talent to play at a high level, but when is faced with adversity, they fall short. The star has the talent but lacks the grit to push through the rough hurdles along the way. Pure talent alone will not be sustainable; at some point, every one of us will face adversity, and grit will be your friend to help you get past it.
5 Characteristics of Grit?
1) Diligent - Diligence is a personality trait of being steady, earnest, and putting forth an energetic effort. Diligent people are organized and very efficient in their work efforts. They also have the desire to do a task to their fullest potential. They tend to be a perfectionist who likes to do things "by the book." In general, diligent people have high moral values and principles; they pride themselves on doing things the right way the first time. They are the one in the group that loves to plan, make lists, and have everything organized in order. People that have diligent qualities also stick to their opinions and choices, the people they surround themselves with are there to strengthen their views.
2.) Resilience - To sum up, Resilience into one simple word, I would say "Toughness" - to be able to adapt quickly and recover from the change on the fly. Resilient people face life with a sense of humor; they don't take life too seriously. They can laugh at themselves at times, get challenging. Resilient people have a strong moral compass; they don't compare what they have or don't have to others. They know the only one they are competing with is themselves; this is how they measure their successes. They also see challenges as stepping stones instead of roadblocks. Each hurdle they face adds value to the direction they are going. They practice self-awareness and mindfulness instead of trying to control every situation. They can go with what life throws at them, they adjust their goals and ride the current as they flow toward the end result they are looking to obtain.
Grit is that 'extra something' that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. -Travis Bradberry
3.) Courage - When you think courage, you might think of the brave superhero, but courage comes in many forms. Courage is not the absence of fear; it's the ability to overcome it. Some examples of courage include standing up for people or situations when others don't agree, or it's unpopular, following through on your goal no matter where it might lead them, taking a chance when others choose to sit it out. The courageous types can say "NO," they have patience under pressure, and the ability to believe things can happen no matter what. They are not afraid to take the unpopular stand on things. They can move on quickly and forgive, but also stay in control as others flee.
4.) Perseverance - "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius famously said. The difference in someone is succeeding, and someone whos fails is to start and continue earnestly towards that goal. The key is to practice with a purpose. This is why long term goals are so important; they provide the framework for the value of the long term efforts. This helps create the drive, passion, courage, stamina, sustainability, and grit.
5.) Passion - Passionate people have a deep sense of purpose; passion creates excellence when being average will do. Passionate people are aware of who they are; they are clear in their beliefs and values; they also live by them every day. They often accept their imperfections and growth. They see life as a group of choices and options, goals drive them, and each result is a stepping stone in the right direction. Nothing gets in there way; they are hyper-focused to get to the next goal. They have not just the "I can do attitude," But the "I will find a way attitude." Not only are they passionate about their successes, often they are happy to see others succeed as well. They take for what they have in life; they are not afraid to ask for guidance or help. Passionate people understand they are in the driver seat of their own life, and they are in complete control of the direction they are heading.
Why is Grit Important for a Growth Mindset?
The growth mindset is when a person believes they might not have a natural talent, but they have what it takes to make it happen with time and growth. The growth mindset means that a person sees that achieving a goal is possible by acquiring skills over time. They don't believe it only takes pure talent. The reason grit is vital in the growth mindset is that when a person hits setbacks, they might stop, they will think failure is due to their traits. When you have grit with a growth mindset, they can keep pushing past the hurdles.
Key Elements to Develop Grit
-Practice - Keep at it, learn from your mistakes, and keep going.
-Purpose - To get good at something, you have to have practice with a purpose. The key is figuring out why are you doing it, what are you trying to achieve. What steps are you practicing to reach your goal? Breaking your goal into smaller goals is very common. Finding why you are doing it is critical.
-Hope - Often, failure is going to happen; hope is essential to help push past the idea that it can never happen. Hope helps on those days that just seem like nothing good will come from it. Hope helps us get back up again and keep pushing forward so that there is a possible chance of success.
- Time - The last phase of the crucial parts is fundamental; it takes devoting yourself to the time to practice, purpose, and growing from failure.
Having Grit is Important - Having grit is crucial because it is the driver for success and achievement. Grit goes beyond what pure talent can offer. Being a natural at something is excellent; without grit, we might not be unlocking our full potential. Raw and pure talent gets us so far, grit gives us that extra added bonus.
Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint. -Angela Duckworth
Examples of Grit
Grit is a part of everyday life, and part of everyone that has personal growth. People have grit in a lot of different ways. See if you can relate with the examples below:
You set a goal to learn a new language before you went on vacation, it took you 3 months to learn it.
You had started a new job and had to learn a whole new set of skills; it took you a few weeks before you grasp the concept.
Your spouse asked to take care of something around that house that needed to be fixed. It took you 3 extras weeks because you had to research how to do it and find the time.
If you can think of a time you set a goal and persevered through a challenge to reach the goal, then that was a time you were building your grittiness.