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Got Grit?

Got Grit

Are you curious about the difference between being a success and a failure?
Have you seen salespeople with a load of talent that aren’t as successful as their less talented colleagues?
Ever wonder “Who is successful here and why?”
I have and I do! Lucky for me, Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth did as well. In fact, that question “Who is successful here and why?” is the one she always asks in her research projects (at least through 2013 which is when the below Ted talk was filmed).
Turns out the significant predictor of success = Grit
Grit is defined in Dr. Duckworth’s research as passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.
Which of course led me to wonder how to help myself… and you – add more grit.
“When you look at people practicing, you find they make tons and tons of mistakes,” said Duckworth. “It’s by making those mistakes that you get better. Making mistakes and failing are normal—in fact, they’re necessary.” By reframing how you view mistakes, Duckworth said you can increase your grittiness.” 1
Reframing – it’s not easy… of course it’s not, if it were everyone would do it, consistently when their perspective wasn’t working.
It’s difficult enough that I took an entire course on reframing when I went to the International Coach Academy. I really love their definition “to get clear on their current perspective and enthuse them to shift into a more empowering one.”
Notice it’s not about changing the facts of a situation OR even what actions to take. It’s all about observing… first how you see something right now, then shifting to a different perspective.
If it rains on your parade: you can be sad and disappointed – be glad you wore your raincoat – find joy in the little kids stomping in puddles. It’s still raining; you’ve taken the step to reframing your perspective.
I’ve written quite a lot about attitude being a choice, as I’m writing this I realize that choice itself is a form of reframing.
I’m going to stop here because if you’re like me – that is a lot to think about (my brain is swirling around the topic which means you’ll probably see more on this in the coming weeks… we’ll see).
The UpYourTeleSales Source Material on Grit:
When you have 6 minutes 12 seconds check out Grit: the power of passion and perseverance.
What something that adds to when you hear in the video? 4 Signs You Have Grit by Time’s Robin Himantel might do the trick (1 it’s where I got that really long quote).
Curious where you are on the Grit Scale? Here are two options for measuring yourself.
Want the whole kit & kaboodle? Get a copy of her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
Sincerely yours at 3.67 out of 5,

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