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How to Get Grit

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. – Angela Duckworth

Grit is derived from self-knowledge:

Knowledge of what you want, truly.

Knowledge of your natural skills and abilities, and how to best deploy them.

Knowledge of your weaknesses and gaps, and how to make them irrelevant (or convert them to strengths).

Knowledge of the pitfalls and obstacles and difficulties you will face, and having a plan and measures in place to deal with them effectively.

Knowledge of how to develop strength, and endurance and flexibility, in a way that works best for you.

Knowledge of how things work, both for you and the World.

Believe You Can and You Will

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. – William Hazlitt

Henry Ford said that if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

But what is one of the keys to creating the mindset of “I can?”

It’s confidence.

How do you create confidence?

Develop clarity – know your Why.

Practice the skills. Get so good at the basics they’re second-nature.

Rehearse. Again and again and again.

And then stretch. Try to do more than you think you can.

Most of all though, be in-action and in-attention.

Confidence comes from doing, and doing comes from confidence.

But it starts with doing.

How To Work You A** Off

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pelé

Success is no accident, nor is what creates the grit and perseverance required to create success.

You must fall in love with what’s required to achieve your goal.

When you’re in love with the work, it ceases to be “work.”

It becomes something else.

Not easy, or effortless, just something that, somehow, day-in-and-day-out, you do.

Otherwise, you’ll resist, to some degree your heart won’t be in it and it will be harder than it has to be, take longer and likely be of a lower quality.

Find something you want so much you’re willing to love the tough parts of creating it.

That’s what allows you to truly work your a** off.

Better to Preserve than Recover

Character is much easier kept than recovered. – Thomas Paine

Whatever it takes to earn the esteem and trust is but a fraction of what it takes to rebuild yourself in the eyes of others.

And that’s assuming it’s even possible.

Sometimes, once you lose the confidence of people it can be impossible to get it back, either partially or completely.

Much better to know yourself and what makes you honorable and trustworthy and let that awareness influence your decisions.

You see, the more you are aware of what makes you special and trustworthy and honorable, the more likely you are take care with those things.

It is generally the careless who abuse the trust of others – because something else was more important.

Take care to know, and practice, what’s important and things will take care of themselves.

The Pain of Not Knowing

The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing. – Jim Rohn

The things your heart yearns for, the things you know you were made for, must be explored.

Otherwise, you’ll wonder.

Wonder what could have been, what you could have been.

Or, you can explore those yearnings and find out.

I say you do that.