Beyond Blue article about children and grit

Grit is defined as passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. It requires stamina and a willingness to fail, be wrong, and start again with the lessons learnt. You can see grit in action when you watch a child attempt to ride a bike for the first time, learn to read or practice their ABCs.

  • see how the above quote involves a mindset based on growth (through learning and making mistakes)
  • with grit and a growth mindset, a person is aware that his/her ability is not fixed – that perseverance is the key, and failure is a speed bump, not a road block
  • So – how to get gritty?
  • Add ‘yet’ when you’re talking about your goal. “I can’t play the piano” becomes “I can’t play the piano, yet”. By adding ‘yet’, you are demonstrating your own learning curve, reminding yourself that you’re on a path to achieving your goal.
  • Embrace challenges and see them as opportunities. Some days are smoother than others. When unexpected things pop up and your plans go awry, keep at it – these obstacles are an opportunity to try new things and test yourself in uncharted waters.
  • Learn from criticism. this one can be hard, as not many people love hearing bad things about themselves. But constructive criticism helps you identify your strengths as well as your weaknesses – and it may provide a new perspective on an obstacle that’s eluding you.
  • Celebrate other people’s wins. If your training partner is hitting 200kg deadlifts and you’re not there yet – celebrate their success! Find inspiration and learnings in the success of others. It keeps you engaged, focussed and fixes your eyes on the prize!
  • Try swapping ‘failing’ for ‘learning’. When you’ve made a mistake or fallen short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned. It’s okay if it doesn’t work out, outcomes are important, but not the deciding factor – praise the process and strategies learnt.
  • Make a new goal for every goal accomplished. this way, the learning never stops. Creating new goals will keep you stimulated and help you stay curious.

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