If there’s one thing that’s been proven over and over, it’s that those who have the grit and determination to stay the course despite the roadblocks placed on their path are the big winners in every sphere of life and business.
Yet grit is unconscious for many business people. That’s not a bad thing, but it does mean they’re not focusing their energy as effectively as they could. When you have conscious grit, you can make a bigger impact in a shorter time. Success is yours for the taking.
7 Key Ingredients Of Conscious Grit
There are seven key ingredients to developing conscious grit, and the good news is that we all have these traits – though we may need to remind ourselves that we do every now and again!
Have you ever heard that “slow and steady wins the race”? What that means is that persistence is the key to life. People with unconscious grit are often very persistent, but they may not know it or combine it effectively with the other ingredients on this list. Constant, consistent effort is the way persistence manifests itself.
Determination is your ability to decide on the outcomes you want and stick to the goals you set to achieve them. It’s more focused than persistence and often requires a conscious decision. There are many things we want in life; a determined person picks an objective and then decides to focus on it until it’s achieved.
This quality is often confused with persistence, but it’s actually a measure of your ability to hold onto something. Tenacious people are determined people living in the moment and constantly gripping on to their objectives so they can achieve them.
Life and business are full of setbacks, hurdles, and obstacles. It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how much you care, or how clever you are – you’ll have to deal with challenges too. Resilient people understand this. They see challenges as temporary and the solutions they devise as the next step on their personal journey. They can welcome life’s problems because they know each one brings them closer to their goal.
5. ‘Big C’ Courage
It takes a brave person to run a business, to decide they’re going to make a difference in the world, and to rise up to the challenges they face. You may not see yourself as courageous, but you are. Think of the last time you took on something outside of your comfort zone. Do you remember how that felt? That was you being courageous. You can tap into that whenever you need to by focusing on the last time you were courageous and unleashing that feeling.
6. Future Focus
Winning in business takes time. The key to conscious grit is developing a mindset that focuses on the long term. You’re in this for the big rewards that come with sustained effort. When you’re in the zone, focusing on the big picture motivates and drives you.
Most of all, if you want to tap into your conscious grit, you need a plan. You also need to be able to revisit that plan when circumstances change. Tapping into your courage and resilience can help you pivot when necessary.
Get into the Zone
Running a business isn’t a sprint – it’s a marathon. Staying the course and learning to handle the obstacles in your way will see you to the finish line every time.
About the Author
In her work as an accomplished public speaker, trainer and facilitator, Gail Eaton-Briggs is passionate about supporting others to develop their skills. She developed the Conscious Grit Model and wrote Conscious Grit – From Stuck to Unstoppable.