Success is not defined by your intelligence, not your IQ and also not by your talent or luck. Number one thing that defines your success is grit. Grit is your ability to stick with your commitments and your goals. This means that you don’t have to be smart or lucky to become successful! But what is grit and how can you get gritty?
What is Grit?
According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent. Instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls “grit.”
Duckworth has spent years studying people to find out why some people are successful and some not. She found that it’s all about the ability to persevere. Perseverance is simply the ability to keep trying no matter how many failures you might have.
People with grit are resilient and hardworking and they continue no matter how many difficulties and obstacles they face. But it’s not only about working hard on something but it’s about working on something that you love and staying in love with it because it feels so meaningful. It’s about being passionate about something.
Grit keeps you going when things get tough. It pushes you toward the finish line when you are too far away to see it. When you get stuck, grit insists there has to be another way. Being gritty means you are constantly driven to improve.
“To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.”
How can you get gritty and achieve success?
Here are some ideas to help you on executing your goals and be gritty.
No one will ever believe in you and your goals or support your goals if you don’t believe in your goals. No one will have faith in your vision if they don’t see you work towards your vision. Therefore it’s important for you to believe in your goals and to stay committed to them.
I encourage you to write about your vision and your goals daily. Rewrite your goals daily in your journal. This practice will deepen your commitment to getting them done and it will also make you more clear in what those goals and vision will look like.
Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results. So every day (morning) set five micro goals. Do not go to sleep until you have achieved those micro goals. If you do this every single day you will come closer to reaching your big goals. This will also give you confidence.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
It’s all about the execution. No idea works until you do the work, until you take action! Taking action works much better than having a high IQ. Look at the most successful people in the world. They are not the smartest or the luckiest. (By the way you actually create your own luck.) They are people who take action. They execute flawlessly. Get really good at executing around your goals. Be so good at what you are doing that you will force opportunities to come your way.
Most people don’t know what they want. The reason for this lack of clarity is that they have committed little, or no, time to developing clarity of vision and goals. But remember clarity is mastery. You have to get clear on your goals to achieve success. Therefore you should set your goals and subgoals. Look at it, rewrite it, talk about it daily. Ask yourself the following questions: Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have?
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To be able to get your goals done you need to focus. Distractions are everywhere and they manifest as a hundred small things that pull your attention in every direction instead of the one you want. Distractions are reduced by getting better at focusing your attention.
You are what you feed your mind. What you watch, read, or who you hang out with — even what you eat — determine your chances of success in life. If you fill your life with distractions, don’t expect to accomplish anything. Protect your energy from distractions and focus!
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”