How much grit have you got?

Grit is a strong predictor of success and will effect your ability to reach your goals.

Leading researcher & grit expert, Angela Duckworth defines grit as, “Passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way.”

Grit is something that you can develop. It goes hand in hand with growth mindset.

To develop more grit you must start with hope, and learn that it’s ok to fail as long as you don’t give up.

Want to cultivate more grit? Here’s where to start.

1. Practice with purpose. Deliberate practice means practicing with intent, learning as you go, gaining feedback from your experience & from others.

2. Hope. To develop more grit you must start with hope, and learn that it’s alright to fail as long as you don’t give up.

3. Lighten up. Accept that you will fall on your ass. Failure is often inevitable, but when we learn to embrace failure as an opportunity to learn & improve we are more likely to succeed in future attempts. This will make you a more resilient & gritty athlete. If you don’t learn from failure then yes, it will seem pointless and shitty.

4. Get organised and have a strategy. I see lots of people putting in the work and taking action but if they make a mistake, get injured or have a near miss, they back down and loose focus. Organise and plan your time to give yourself the opportunity to practice, reflect and learn from your mistakes. This will help you to develop and grow from your failures.

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