Grit: How to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals


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To reach your objectives in life, such as finding a job, pursuing your career aspirations, or obtaining your ideal employment, you'll need perseverance and tenacity. You'll need passion and perseverance to attain long-term goals. In other words, you need a bit of "GRIT".


What is grit? According to Angela Duckworth, grit is "the passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals." Grit is necessary if you want to be successful in life and in your career. Many people give up on their goals too easily.


In this blog post, we will discuss what grit is, how to develop it and stay motivated in order to achieve your goals!


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"Grit is the passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals." - Angela Duckworth

Why do you need grit to be successful in your career?

When it comes to your career, grit is essential for a number of reasons. First, pursuing a successful career usually requires working towards long-term goals. This means that you need to be able to stick with your goals even when things get tough or you feel like giving up. Secondly, many successful careers require overcoming obstacles and setbacks. If you give up easily, you'll never reach your full potential. Finally, being gritty can help you persevere through those difficult moments and setbacks that you may embark on. Pursuing a successful career is not always easy, but if you have grit, you will be more likely to achieve your goals. In other words, you need grit if you want to succeed.


To reach your goals, whether it's finding a job, advancing in your career, or pursuing your dream job, you'll need perseverance. You'll also require tenacity to accomplish any of these goals. Having grit is what will help you stay motivated when times are tough and you feel like giving up. It's the passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals that set successful people apart from those who give up too easily.


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How do you develop grit?

There are four key components of grit, we will discuss these below:


Interest: find an activity or goal that interests you. It's important to be passionate about your goal in order to stay motivated. If you're not interested in what you're doing, it will be very difficult to stick with it when times get toughWe might envy those who love what they do for a living, we shouldn’t assume that they started from a different place than the rest of us,” says Duckworth. “Chances are they took quite some time figuring out exactly what they wanted to do with their lives.”


Practice: Once you've found something that interests you, start practising! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve any goal, so don't expect overnight success. “Once you’ve fostered an interest, then, and only then, can you do the kind of difficult and sometimes frustrating tasks that truly make you better,” says Duckworth. It is recommended to practise like an expert by breaking down your goals into tiny, doable steps.


Purpose: Grit involves combining passion with purpose. Duckworth interviewed people at the top of their fields and discovered that they viewed their work as having a purpose, combined with a desire to help others. Be patient and keep working at it, even when you feel like giving up. Remember why you're doing this in the first place and let that be your motivation.


Hope: Finally, always maintain a sense of hope; believe in yourself and your ability to achieve anything you set your mind to. This doesn't entail thinking, "Tomorrow will be great." It entails looking at what you can do to make a difference right now. Consider the question, "What can I do right now to make things better tomorrow?"


If you can master these four components of grit, you'll be well on your way to becoming successful at whatever you put your mind to. As Duckworth explains: “We have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, and to start over again with lessons learned.”


“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” — Carol Burnett

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How can you develop grit in order to stay motivated and succeed?

One way to develop grit is to have a growth mindset. This concept by Carol Dweck, means that you believe that your abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication, rather than thinking that they are fixed. When you have a growth mindset, you're more likely to see failure as an opportunity to learn and improve, rather than as a personal deficiency.


Another way to develop grit is by setting realistic goals for yourself and then breaking them down into small, manageable steps. By taking things one step at a time, you'll be less likely to become overwhelmed and discouraged. Additionally, it's important to celebrate your accomplishments along the way – no matter how small they may seem. Doing so will help you maintain motivation and momentum.


It can be difficult to maintain motivation throughout the journey of achieving a goal. However, there are many things you can do to help yourself stay on track. First, it's important to have realistic expectations and break your goal down into smaller steps. Additionally, try to keep a positive outlook and celebrate your accomplishments along the way – no matter how small they may seem.


To be successful at achieving the goals you need to:

- Define what you want.

- Find a bigger purpose to motivate you.

- Put together a plan of action.

- Use positive self-talk to serve as your own hype man or woman.

- Start working on daily habits that better equip you to succeed.

- Expand your knowledge on your goal.

- Start using affirmations and writing in journals to make your goals real.


By following these suggestions, you'll be well on your way to achieving your personal and professional goals. Remember, it takes time and effort to achieve anything worthwhile – but it's definitely worth it in the end.


What are some of your goals? What tips do you have for staying motivated and achieving your goals? Let us know in the comments below!


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Source: Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success, by Angela Duckworth


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