Grit is defined as the ability to stick to the things that are important to you, to overcome these and accomplish what matters to you, even when things get tough. It is seeing challenges as something to overcome rather than a reason for giving up. As you may have gathered, grit is important when it comes to achieving your goals. Resilience is another term sometimes interchangeable used with Grit. Resilience is the ability to cope with adversity and to bounce back, so I guess resilience is an essential ingredient in those with GRIT.Angela Duckworth a psychologist in her book ‘Grit’ describes grit as “passion and perseverance for long- term and meaningful goals.” It’s about having commitment and direction. Grit is also about perseverance, that means sticking it out. It means bouncing back and sticking it out even when you fail and fail or don’t achieve over and over, you continue to stick it out. In short Grit = Effort. As Duckwork says, although Talent is important, without effort or grit talent is just an unmet potential…. It is with effort that is important!!
- Write a list of the things you are proud of and continue to add to this list, whether it is handling a social situation really well such as solving a conflict, or getting a good grade on a test, learning to cook …whatever it is, if you are proud of it… Add it to the list.
- Use helpful self-talk, optimism and a growth mindset
- Get regular exercise – it’s really good for you
References & Videos• Grit Workbook for Teens by Caren Baruch-Feldman, Phd• Grit, Angela Duckworth• Duckworth, Grit, The equations that follow also come from Grit, p. 42. • Carol Dweck The Power of Yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-swZaKN2Ic• Video: Angela Duckworth on Grit https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance/discussion?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=on.ted.com-twitter&utm_campaign=&utm_content=awesm-publisher&awesm=on.ted.com_j09x9