I love the word grit. It’s got texture, depth, and pluck.  And like most juicy words, it can be more than one thing. 

According to the Oxford Dictionary, grit means: 

1. Small loose particles of stone or sand.
2. Courage and resolve; strength of character.

Coco Chanel had grit. Harrison Ford, too. So does Angela Lee Duckworth, a name that you might not be familiar with but ought to know. Duckworth gave a powerful TED Talk called Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (her book shares the same title). 

Grit, says Duckworth, is about having stamina and sticking with your future over the long term. And working really hard to make that future a reality. 

Here’s the thing: grit can’t be measured on an IQ test, through physical feats, artistic talents, or the money you have in your bank account. Grit is a towering intangible. I would argue that grit is the most significant catalyst for personal and professional success

Grit is what drives me everyday and gives my life purpose. It’s what hard life lessons taught me and continue to teach me. Grit is what separates those who allow themselves to be reduced or defined by what has happened to them from those who choose a bold path forward. 

I’m no different than you. By which I mean YOU HAVE ALL the everyday magic and tools you need to strengthen your GRIT GAME. 

Try these three simple things that have worked for me: 

1. Believe.
2. Visualize a growth mindset. 
3. Stay Committed to the end goal. 

Reach out to me at nsharp@nancysharp.net or via social media and let me know what bold steps you’re ready to take.  Take one small step. And then one more. 

Nancy Sharp
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