Alex Kertesz column: Grit a key to success
WITHIN the teams and campaigns I've worked with in the past, the ones who experienced success displayed a common quality throughout the players and staff, this was grit.
Grit is a quality coined by researcher and author Angela Duckworth, PhD, and describes someone's ability to set goals and stick to the process to achieve these goals, no matter how difficult it becomes.
Openly spoken about, and obviously acted upon through their approach, these successful teams were "comfortable with being uncomfortable".
Whether this was stepping up to be the shark bait (a tough full collision tackling drill) on a weekly basis, standing in a no holds barred boxing royale ring of fire, or, like Brad Thorne, optionally finishing a tough pre-season session with his own intense shuttle runs because "I hate them more than anything in the world"; grit follows the successful path.
Whereas, making excuses and complaining about a task and the process, even though it is uncomfortable, is a sure sign failure and missed opportunity will rear its ugly head.
Just like most things in life, grit is a trainable quality. Every rep you complete of an uncomfortable task is pushing you closer to your goal, making you and your grit stronger.
At the same time, when you say no to discomfort in the pursuit of your goals, you and your grit become weaker and worse off. Angela Duckworth provides an assessment of how much grit someone has here: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/.
Here are three things we can make part of our process to ensure our grit is practised and improved, so that success can follow us.
Purpose & belief - know the 'why' behind your goals and truly believe that you and your actions can result in achievement. If we're unsure of our purpose or belief, we will never stand up to the hard times.
Practice & more practice - we need to identify the tasks and actions that will deliver us closer to the achievement of our goals. Then we need to participate in deliberate and reflective practice of these tasks. We then we need to practise them again.
Gritty people - they say who we are individually, is the resultant average of the five people we spend the most of our time with. Surround yourself with believers and hard workers, and this is who you will become.
Become comfortable with being uncomfortable, and stop putting your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. Get gritty and you will achieve your goals.
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