Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance
What is the source of motivation behind your perseverance?
With a motive, we can persevere longer.
Some persevere because they want to be out of poverty; thus pain is their source of motivation or perseverance.
Holding to pain can cause resentments, and we can make excuses or blame external factors easily.
What if you can change pain into something pleasant such as love or passion. 😉
What if your motive of perseverance is because you love what you are doing.
Isn’t it more pleasant to use passion as your source of perseverance? Just imagine if you love what you are doing, you choose to persevere to overcome obstacles, and you will turn them into opportunities.
I recently came across GRIT. Grit was introduced by Angela Lee Duckworth; her definition of Grit is the power of passion and perseverance.
Passion is the motive behind your perseverance. How can a person endure and stay positive despite having a challenging situation? It is because of a passion. Your passion can be your intrinsic motivation.
If you are an entrepreneur, GRIT is much needed for your long-term goals, when you don’t see results yet in the beginning.
I love the Shrek movie because I can relate GRIT very much. Shrek perseveres and conquers the impossible because of his love for Princess Fiona.
The real examples of GRIT can be found in entrepreneurs such as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Their works inspire people around the world because they have passion in the work.
I use GRIT for the values in providing support and coaching for Solo entrepreneurs. My GRIT has an acronym of Growth, Resourcefulness, Integrity and Tenacity. These four values are much needed in building career or business.
Growth – I value growth because it means continuous progress. I’m someone who likes learning and making small improvements.
Resourcefulness – Being resourceful is good to open the door to solutions. In coaching, I encourage client to be resourceful by asking powerful questions.
Integrity – I hold on good ethics in my profession.
Tenacity – tenacity is one of my personality strength. I can be tenacious if I pursue something which I love.
If you are building your career or business, I would encourage you to use PASSION as a motive behind your perseverance. With Grit, you will have growth.
Questioning your Grit might be useful when you’re facing a difficult situation. You can ask questions from the loving perspectives: 🙂
What is great about this situation?
Can I learn something positive from this situation?