Rubies! March is here! Can you believe the first two months of 2019 are already gone!? Wow! So, in our January blog, we mentioned and discussed how the New Year brings us an energy of newness, fresh starts and new beginnings. Along with that, most of us commit ourselves to come sort of life changing resolution(s) in hopes of bettering ourselves in some way. Now that we are in the month of March, how are those New Year resolutions panning out? Are you still as excited as you were when you made the resolution(s)? Are you on track with accomplishing your resolution(s)? Well, if you're anything like the rest of us out here, that New Year stamina and mojo deflated before we even entered February. (lol, ashamed to admit but true)
Because of this "lack of motivation", I decided to do a little research to figure out and understand why we do this to ourselves year after year after year. During my research I came across a term and concept what has become pretty popular in the world of psychology and self-help. That term is GRIT.
So what is GRIT? In a nutshell, GRIT is the concept of passion meeting perseverance. Per Patrik Edblad in his blog on the Complete Guide To Developing Your Grit, he explains that "Passion gives a person energy and zeal for an activity, but perseverance is the quality that keeps them going despite adversity and plateaus in progress." Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and grit researcher says that "Where talents count once, effort counts twice". She uses this formula to further explain:
TALENT x EFFORT = SKILL
SKILL x EFFORT = ACHIEVEMENT
She further explains that when you apply effort to talent, you develop skill, and when you apply effort to that skill, you get achievement. Without effort, your talents are just untapped potential for skills. And without effort, your skills are untapped potential for actual accomplishments.
Can you see how this concept of GRIT can have a major impact as to why we start things but rarely bring them to completion and how we can change that by developing certain factors that can indirectly influence our grit and dramatically increase our chances of accomplishing our goals?
Interesting right!? We recommend that you read Patrik Edblad's full article on the Complete Guide To Developing Your Grit and to check out Angela Duckworths book on the subject titled "GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance"
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