Updated: Mar 12
According to psychologists, grit is the ability to commit to long-term goals and see them through despite the adversity we may face along the road to accomplishing our goals. It is tenacity, perseverance, and a meld of other qualities like optimism, self-motivation, and self-discipline. When it comes to becoming successful, grit is more important than intelligence or talent. Everyone can get grit. It just takes hard work and practice. Here are three ways you can develop your grit and become successful in life.
Pursue Your Passion
The things that we are passionate about are generally those things that we have yet to master, but that inspire us and drive us to improve. They are usually things that involve adversity and challenges. When you pursue your goals, it is essential to make sure that you choose activities and experiences that excite you. Your passion will help you persevere. It is also important to note that there are bound to be aspects of your goals that you don’t find very interesting, so you have to challenge yourself to see the interesting in the mundane.
Build in Practice Time
If you are going to accomplish anything in your life, you have to practice. Work to get better by refining and revising yourself along the way. Those who have grit know that it takes hard work if they want to be successful. You need to continue to learn, and train, and practice. Sometimes you are going to feel happy doing the practice, finding enjoyment in the process. Other times the practice is going to be a complete drag, but you have to continue to move forward because it will be worthwhile when you achieve your goals.
The only way to ensure you find success is to continue to push forward, even when things are at their worst. You have to persist, persevere, and stick to it, no matter what. There are going to be days and months that you don't think you can continue. There will be setbacks that make you want to quit. However, by acting gritty, by continuing to push forward even when you feel like quitting, you will get stronger. On the days that you feel like giving up, take some time and re-evaluate your goal. If you genuinely believe it's important, recommit and move forward.
You have it in you to be successful in your business venture. By practicing these grit building behaviors, you will be able to reach your goals and start living your dreams.