Do You Have G.R.I.T. and Why is It So Important?
Dec 21, 2020 by Katie Normand
Do you Have G.R.I.T...Growth, Resilience, Insight and Toughness?
One important thing we learned from 2020, is that we must be resilient and mentally tough to get through the rough times in life. We encourage you to adopt a positive attitude that enhances your ability to face life with G.R.I.T.Face your future with GRIT by nurturing these characteristics of mental toughness and positive thinking:
Growth: How well do you adapt to change?Among uncertainty, you always have choices. It comes down to mindset. When facing challenge and change, having a growth mindset will make you more likely to succeed. With a growth mindset, you can persist in the face of obstacles and setbacks. Move forward with a GROWTH mindset.
Adopt a growth mindset:
- Acceptance: There are many circumstances you do not have control over. You must accept this, despite how painful or stressful they may be. The choice is to either give up or work through what you are faced with.
- Focus on the Positive: What did you learn about yourself over the past year? What new knowledge, skills or emotional growth did you gain? Despite challenge or setbacks, you are likely to discover learned skills and achieved goals. Write these things down and continue to find as much positive as you can each day.
- Gratitude: Practicing daily gratitude, supports having a positive outlook and keeps you focused on the present. It is hard to enjoy life right now if you are over-focusing on your worries about the future or regrets about the past.
Resilience: Can you bounce back after difficult situations?Those who are able to overcome challenge and rebound after failure or disappointment are resilient. Intelligence and talent are useful, but majority of successful people have one common characteristic: mental toughness. They show true grit in the journey to reaching their goal. You cannot change your given genes or many of life’s circumstances, but you can acquire mental toughness. With resilience you can move forward, whether it is a bounce or a slow stroll.
Ways to build resilience:
- Breathe: When anxiety and worry set in, take time to calm the mind and body. In a more relaxed state, you face a situation with confidence. Breathe deeply, inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your mouth. Try to breathe deeply from your belly not your chest.
- Nourish self-awareness: Becoming aware of your emotions and reactions to stress is a key step to change. Daily journaling is an effective tool many successful individuals use.
- Reframe negative thoughts: Resilient people do not dwell in self-doubt. They have trained their brain to reframe negative thoughts into empowering thoughts, which gives them more confidence to move forward towards their goals.
“Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new.” (Osho)
The ability to gain insights from your day-to-day life is one of the most important skills you can develop on your journey of growth. Insights, by their very definition, change the way that you look at the world. Gaining more insight results in becoming a more diverse individual as it relates to your perspectives.
Become a more insightful individual:
- Look for the insights within each experience and interaction. Ask yourself in difficult instances, what you may be able to learn from this or why you may be facing this certain situation at this time. Make insight creation a habit.
- Focus on problem solving rather than problem blaming. Take more personal responsibility for your mistakes or failures so you can learn from them. Blame is a way of avoiding our problems or weaknesses.
Suffering often happens without cause and can feel terribly unfair. How well you grow and learn from it is critical for your recovery and ability to develop greater resiliency and grit. There is not a perfect strategy that works for everyone but finding ways to regain a calmer state of mind can help you think more clearly and engage in problem-solving.
Gain mental toughness:
- Mindfulness Practice: A great way to calm the mind is to regularly practice mindfulness. Take at least 10 minutes daily to incorporate mindfulness practice. This can be deep breathing, Yoga, meditation, prayer or journaling. Practicing this regularly keeps your mind prepared for difficult situations when they arrived.
- Connect with your Purpose: Mentally tough individuals have a clear purpose with well-defined goals. Stay motivated to move forward with a good mindset by staying deep-rooted in your life purpose.
- Get Support: Part of being mentally tough is knowing when to ask for support or help. When things are a struggle and working through it on your own is not improving, reach out to loved ones, friends or professionals who can boost you up and get you back on the right path.
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