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5 Behaviors that Increase Grit

5 Behaviors that Increase Grit

What makes a person is how they react to the obstacles and roadblocks in their life and what they do to overcome setbacks. So let’s dive into 5 behaviors that support developing grit.

  1. Exercise Persistence:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge

Persistence means keeping at it and not quitting. Those who persist have committed themselves to an idea and they pursue it with vigor. Do you have an idea you have fallen in love with? Or could fall in love with? If you do this will help you persist. Not giving up on yourself or your idea is important if you want to make progress.

Persistence is an important quality of character because it means your journey will move beyond blocks and problems giving you energy and life. Persistence means creating new methods in your process and outcomes. That is advantageous when mastering yourself and your career.

  1. Practice your Craft:

“Your work is too important to be left to how you feel today.” Seth Godin

When you become a little better each and every work day, with time you will become a lot better at what you do. People with grit work on and practice their craft for 2-4 hours every day. This is called deliberate practice.

Successful people often practice their craft in the morning and follow this up with a rest period. With consistent practice a higher quality process can occur and weak areas can improve or be eliminated.

What are the components of your craft? If you are a professional athlete your practice could be stretching, exercising your muscles, eating and drinking for nutrition and strength, and centering yourself in the midst of stress. If you are a writer your craft might entail freeform writing exercises, editing, keeping notes on certain subjects, and research. You might be defining what kind of athlete or writer you are in the process of practicing your craft.

Your craft can be focused on, advanced, learned, and developed. In the process you can enhance your output. When we look at the components as practice, the difficulties and blocks may take on a more meaningful texture as they are supporting you to attain increased skills and over time, mastery.  

  1. Welcome Feedback:

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Ken Blanchard

Gritty people are open to, welcome and look for feedback on their work. They look forward to the adaptations that feedback can provide. They know that within one’s plight opportunity can often be found.

Feedback helps us improve what we are doing. It enables progress and when we are stuck, it gets us going again. Feedback enables us to know how we are doing in the eyes of our peers or of customers receiving our product or service.

Feedback refines or validates every component of our service or product. It is vital to keeping the life blood of our career, product or service relevant.    

  1. Focus on Work you Love:

"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you." Maya Angelou

Gritty people work hard at something they love. If you love aspects of your work you won’t mind persisting at them because this will bring you joy. This makes the hard work tolerable.

This focus on that we love can also become a bigger purpose or calling. When we combine the love we have for our work with the love we have for others or the earth, it broadens the scope and impact giving us meaning and purpose.

  1. Hold a Growth Mindset:

“No matter what, people grow. If you choose not to grow, you’re staying in a small box with a small mindset. People who win go outside of that box. It’s very simple when you look at it.” Kevin Hart

Holding a growth mindset means welcoming and applying new ideas and processes. Challenges are considered new opportunities for improvement and they assist us to become better.

Learning is an experience that automatically creates tension and frustration. We grow as we get over these blocks and frustrations.

A growth mindset includes (source Mindset by Carol Dweck):

  • sees intelligence as something that grows over time
  • embraces challenges and risks possible failure
  • believes that effort and practice can lead to mastery
  • sees failure as temporary setbacks and persist in the achievement of goals
  • sees other people’s success as a source of inspiration
  • and sees feedback as an opportunity to grow and applies constructive criticism


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Written by : Mary-ann

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