People change when they feel they are capable and that the result of the change will benefit them. And we’ve seen it work, right? Weight loss programs, smoking cessation programs, or school. We have great intentions. We believe we can do it, and we believe it will benefit us. Then we stop working at it. So, what is it that keeps people working at it? Grit.
Angela Lee Duckworth gave a Ted talk about grit. She said successful students have more going for them than the ability to learn, social intelligence, good looks, health or even IQ. Duckworth says they have grit. She defines grit as passion and perseverance. It’s stamina. She says that people with grit are in it for the long haul; they sign up for a marathon – not a sprint. Her definition is:
“Self discipline wedded to a dedicated pursuit of a goal”
As a leader of people I get the whole self efficacy/benefit ingredient. But grit is really the last piece of the puzzle. Grit has a correlation to success period.
A tenacious, relentless pursuit of a long term goal will win. It’s mission over mood. It’s commitment. It’s fortitude. It’s grit.
We have started using GRIT as a training tool for our management teams, our associates and based upon the new research will implement this into our hiring practices. More to come, stay tuned.