"Do not let temporary setbacks become permanent excuses." -Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Why do some people succeed and others fail? This is a question that, when turned inwardly, causes us to look deep within ourselves to determine if we truly have what it takes to succeed. Interestingly enough, the answer to this question can only be solved by what goes through our heads when we fall down, and how that makes all the difference. The way we program our mind not when we face a crisis or challenge, but how we program it before will help us to navigate ourselves through the difficulty. We have to come to the decision that we will persevere, no matter what the circumstances look like. This perseverance is also known as grit.
Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance, which helps us to achieve our long-term goals. Without passion, perseverance leads to burnout. And no matter how much passion we have, without perseverance, we simply give up. Grit requires courage because it reveals the strength of character. It's the stuff you and I are made of. How much we have is determined by our willingness to push through the challenges we face in life. The more we are determined to make it to the other side of difficulty, the more grit we have. It's like a muscle that grows with time and consistency.
Beyond achievement, why is grit important to us? Well, studies show that our level of happiness is linked to our level of grit and knowing that we have what it takes to overcome any adversity that life may bring our way. So, if we find ourselves feeling a bit unhappy or unsatisfied with certain things in our lives, maybe what we need is a little more grit?
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