When life gives you lemons do you:
(A) make lemonade
(B) craft a batch of limoncello & bottle some up for friends
(C) pop up a quick store @ madefromlemons.com
If you chose any of the above, congrats you’ve got GRIT.
If you chose all of the above and are now sipping a limoncello-ade cocktail while rolling in lemon-scented success, bravo, you can probably skip this and start giving lessons on GRIT.
For most of us, the answer lies somewhere between none of the above and (A).
Want to level up?
Follow our three Stout steps to dig in and GROW YOUR GRIT.
❶ Recognize The Characteristics of Grit
In psychology, grit is “a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state (a powerful motivation to achieve an objective).”
These are the 5 characteristics of grit according to pioneering psychologist and author of New York Times bestseller Grit Angela Duckworth.
Many think of courage as just acts of physical bravery but patience, the ability to believe the unbelievable, and the guts to say “no” are all examples of courage in action.
Being thorough, careful and vigilant and not resting until the job is one aspect of determination, as well as sticking to (and even strengthening) convictions in the face of opposition.
The ability to start and steadfastly continue on a path towards goals even in the face of great challenge.
The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, and see them as stepping stones to transformation. Being able to regroup, reset and continue often makes the difference between failure and success.
- Passion The drive to create excellence when mediocrity will do paired with a deep sense of purpose, selflessness and an acceptance of themselves and others imperfect and growing.
❷ Assess Which Characteristics of Grit You Have – And Use Our Stout Examples To Build Where Needed
To get a general idea of where you are, try taking Angela Duckworth’s the Grit Scale quiz.
Once you’ve determined which areas need work, hit the links below for interviews, inspiration and Stout plans to help you build your grit.
BUILD YOUR COURAGE >> Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. Check out stories from leaders who’ve conquered fear and have the takeaways to help you do the same.
DISCOVER YOUR DETERMINATION >> Learn the power of never, ever, ever giving up (or giving in your conviction) from leaders who’ve been challenged on their direction and drive.
POWER UP YOUR PERSEVERANCE >> “If you are going through hell, keep going,” Winston Churchill famously said and we can help you learn from leaders who’ve made it through to the other side.
CULTIVATE YOUR RESILIENCE Being able to regroup, reset and continue often makes the difference between failure and success. Learn how to cultivate self-awareness and practice mindfulness. and not compare yourself to others, but rather be your own yardstick of success.
FIND YOUR PASSION >> We’ve got examples and Stout plans to help you see life as a series of choices and options and that YOU are in the driver’s seat as you travel on your purpose-driven journey.
❸ Choose One Goal And Apply GRIT
Looking from more ways to #BringOutYourStout?
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