Getting down and gritty.

What is Grit? Since researcher Angela Duckworth has made it her life’s work to study Grit, we’ll let her tell you.  Her website says:

“Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. One way to think about Grit is to consider what Grit isn’t.  Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.  Instead, Grit is about having what some researchers call an “ultimate concern”–a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And Grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.  Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of Grit. And in the very long run, I think Grit may matter as least as much, if not more.”

Duckworth’s research has shown that Grit likely has more to do with success than luck, talent, or opportunity.  The good news is – YES!  Let’s get Gritty!  The bad news is – no more excuses 😉

Have we ever said to ourselves…

  • I suck at pushups.
  • I’m not good at sales.
  • I’m not a creative person.
  • I’ll never take that trip.
  • I’m stuck in this role.

Getting Gritty helps us change this kind of thinking and choose something very different for ourselves.

Build “GRIT Force” Muscle.

Lacking Grit?  The good news is Duckworth believes everyone can get Grittier.  

Here are our 4 favourite Grit-Builders:

  1. A single focus. What do we want? Let’s go get it.  People with their eye on the prize, and a TRUE commitment to attaining that goal, are more likely to succeed.  Again, this is about passion.
  2. Falling and getting up.  When we “fail”, become discouraged and quit, we’re not using Grit. Being Gritty means we simply accept obstacles and failure as part of the road to success.  Grit means seeing challenges as opportunities to grow and ultimately CRUSH.
  3. Purpose.  Using The Grit Force means we’re always looking for a more impactful and meaningful -experience with our work/project/experience…it’s about passion (think Week One!)
  4. Evolution.  Telling ourselves “We aren’t” and We can’t” leads nowhere. The Grit Force helps us remember that we are always a work in progress.

Rebel tricks.

How can we harness The GRIT Force during our challenge?  This Rebel Superpower is hugely important in tackling Week Two.  Here’s how we can use it.

RE-PHRASING HURDLES:

Let’s start small with one goal we really want to crush.  This isn’t just for workouts – this is for all corners of life.  Every time our mind tells us “I CAN’T” or “I DON’T” about this one thing, let’s dig deep for a Gritty response by drawing on the 4 points above. Here’s an example:

NO GRIT FORCE:

“I can’t hold plank.”

BRAIN SAYS: “Well, I guess I’m just not one of those people who can’t plank. I mean, I’m pretty good at jumping jacks so I’ll just quit this whole plank thing and forget about it. What’s the point of planking anyway? Plank is overrated.”

WITH GRIT FORCE:

“I can’t hold plank.”

GRIT FORCE SAYS: 1) “I’m pretty passionate about getting this right, I just have to keep trying. 2) So I dropped to my knees after 5 seconds. I can try again and aim for 6.  3) Trying harder helps me become a stronger person, and 4) just because I’m not nailing this today, it doesn’t mean that I can’t crush this by Week 8! I WILL improve!”

Small shifts in our thinking each day creates HUGE evolutions in our outlook and ultimately in our lives.  It helps us TAKE BACK our day and our life, creating an existence that energizes us.  Start with one thing and see where it goes.  Before you know it, you’ll be using THE GRIT FORCE Rebel Superpower like a serious pro.

WABAM. #RebelSuperPowers.

Want to know more about Angela Duckworth and Grit?  Watch her Ted Talk!