Whether you are trying to get out of debt or lead a ministry, you need grit.
Grit has become recognized as a significant factor is a person’s ability to pursue and achieve their goals. Angela Duckworth, well known for her research on grit, defines grit as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. The absence of grit is seen when people decide to stop chasing their goals because of the difficulty achieving them.
Gritty people live out the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
One of the encouraging pieces of Angela Duckworth’s work was its focus on developing grit. You see, grit is not like your physical height, where you can do little to increase it. Grit can be increased over time. It is something on which you can work.
And you can start working on it today. Here are four practical ways to do it:
- Control your calendar. Make sure that your activities align with your passion and priorities. Duckworth identified consistent practice as essential to grit. Make time to practice, to learn, to develop your skills. If you do not, the day will get away from you, and you will never have spent time on your passion and priorities.
- Listen to / read about gritty people. I love the “How I Built This” podcast. Each episode is an interview with a founder of a well-known organization. And it is amazing the similarities you hear. Most founders experienced major challenges, setbacks, and failures on their journey. Yet they persevered. The podcast provides real and inspiring examples of grit.
- Do something that you don’t feel like doing. There is something that you know needs to be done, but you have been putting it off. Do that thing today.
- Think long-term. One way to get through the daily grind is to set your sights on the bigger picture. This is what gritty people do. They understand that each day, even the difficult days, are important stepping-stones toward the future.
Don’t underestimate what developing grit can do for you. Most goals worth chasing are difficult to achieve. Reaching them requires persistence and passion. They require grit.
Here are a few additional resources on grit that I recommend: