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Want to achieve your goals this year? Invest in developing grit.

We often push ourselves to be productive, by which many of us mean ‘busy’, and busi-ness seldom leads to the real success we yearn for. So, what can you do differently this year to unlock the momentum you need to arrive at your goal?

The old adage “80% of success is showing up” is true when it comes to developing grittiness. 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 day, year after year, in challenging practise. To be gritty is to fall down seven times and to get up eight. When it comes to how far we come in the marathon of life, effort counts tremendously.

It’s in your hands to achieve your goals. And it is easier than you might think.

So, what does it take to become engaged and successful?

- Create and define your vision. Have a clearly defined stretch goal, and outline your action

steps. People perform better if they follow their passion and do what interests them.

- Ensure full concentration and effort on your goal

˂effort x (skills x 2) = achievement ˃

- Obtain immediate and informative feedback. Be open and develop insights, even if the

feedback is not to your liking at first.

- Invest time in repetition, with reflection and refinement

˂growth mindset x optimistic self-talk = perseverance over adversity ˃

- Control the controllables. Learn to deal with uncertainty.

- Developing habits and beliefs that support your goal.

No wining, no complaining. Somewhere in many of our lives, a fantasy takes hold that somehow, we will never experience failure or rejection. We try. We fail. We get rejected. We learn. We amend. We try again. And sometimes, but not always, we succeed. Rejection is a curable disease.

However, grit is not everything in striving for success. There are other things we need in order to grow and flourish. Happiness and success are related, but not identical. Character, values and virtues are important in living a successful and happy life.

Interested and keen to explore this further? I work with people who want to have a significant impact, live joyful lives, and build a sustainable future. If you’re feeling like you want to turn your gaols into reality this year, but are uncertain exactly what it is or how to get there, get in contact with me. You might find some benefit in us working together.

(This article is based on Angela Duckworth’s work on “Grit”. )

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