Grit, It Keeps Us on Track

(Read in :03)“As much as talent counts, effort counts twice.”~ Angela Duckworth

I’m on the home stretch. I’m coming up on the finish line at the end of a period of time during which I’ve grossly overreached. We often hear people talk about having “a lot on their plate.” Hah! I would have needed a turkey platter. In fact, I’ll be writing about capacity in the weeks ahead. I found some great stuff on the subject of personal capacity and how it varies from one person to the next. We should never measure ourself against how much someone else can juggle, but I digress.

Lucky Poor you, I’m always dragging you along on my field trips as I try to push my limits. I seem destined to see how much I can pile on and remain true to living in alignment with the things that matter most. I really try to stay in sync with my worthy values, honest injun. Sometimes I fall down but I always get up again.

Mindset and grit, new ways to think

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the work of Carolyn Dweck and her book called Mindset. In a nutshell, Dweck encourages us to understand that our thinking never needs to be stuck. Instead, she suggests we should adopt a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the belief that we can improve our results by applying more tries, more effort, different approaches and new ways to think.

My latest fascination is a quality we’ve known about for a long time, way before John Wayne starred in the wildly popular movie True Grit. Today, educators and behaviorists are exploring the staggering advantages that come from the presence of grit. It seems grit is a better predictor of success than many other strengths, including IQ! The stats are nothing short of mind-blowing.

I love mental crutches that help me remember. Here’s one: Greatness Requires Internal Toughness-GRIT!

Nine years after Dweck wrote Mindset, Angela Duckworth has written a terrific book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”~ Angela Duckworth

How gritty are you?

Before you jump online and order Duckworth’s book, here’s a link to her TED talk about grit and all it can do for you. It’s deliciously brief, just over 6 minutes! She does a great job of explaining her research and what it means in a very humble and easy-to-watch video. She’s pretty inspiring!

If you’re curious and you’d like to do a self-check on your personal grittiness, here’s a link to a 10 question assessment that will tell you where you stand on the grit scale. C’mon, give it a whirl!

The nitty gritty

I’ve navigated through the last few weeks of overload by tapping into my grit. To be completely transparent, there were plenty of days I wanted to hop off the hamster wheel but I’m happy I didn’t. I’d love to hear your grit stories, guys. Tell me about being plucky, brave, tenacious, tough, salty, hardy, spunky and gritty. I love field trips and I’d love to ride along with you on yours!

Spring is only 19 days away! Stay gritty, my friend! See you Monday!

“God honors a beautiful blend of gift and grit! He gives the gift, and He expects us to have the grit to practice and learn how to use it effectively.” ~Beth Moore

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