You might need to work twice as hard and be twice as prepared as the next person because you are different…I don’t view it as a burden. I view it as an opportunity.
The intersection of passion and perseverance for your long term goals.
Grit is a psychological concept defined as passion and perseverance towards a long-term goal. Think of passion as your inner fire and perseverance as the ability to consistently deal with setbacks and obstacles. We may not want to be gritty in everything we do, but when it comes to what matters most, grit is an essential skill to train. It helps us stay in the game long enough to realize our full potential.
One mark of high performance is an ability to be consistent through the inevitable ups and downs that come with pursuing your best. It’s not about the quick wins along the path. It’s about understanding and having a clear vision of where you want to go and having the skills to be able to manage the difficult times, while still living with passion.
If we’re not careful, this can sound mechanical and prescriptive — like: Be passionate, work hard, and you’ll be successful. It’s far deeper than that. It’s not something that lives at the surface. It’s a yearning or calling deep from within. The concept of grit first begins with the internal self-discovery work to better understand how to live with passion and how to align that with purpose, meaning, and ultimately the vision you hold for yourself.
Clarify your vision and long-term goals. Have a plan to reach those goals.
Set small goals that align with your bigger purpose.
Practice being in uncomfortable situations. As soon as something gets hard, stay with it just a bit longer than you normally would, even if it’s just for a few seconds. Practice persevering through challenges.
Which is harder for you: finding passion and bringing that “fire” every single day or committing to the daily grind and persevering through setbacks?
Are you clear on your long term goals?
Is there an area of your life where you’d like more passion or to show more perseverance?