How To Cultivate GRIT

December 19, 2018


Grit is a word that has become quite popular in the entrepreneurial world of late. Words like GRIT, HUSTLE, HI-PERFORMANCE all mean different things to different people. There are underlying human behavioural factors that can drive different meaning to each of these words.


Grit, determination and achieving success against all odds, are synonymous with the journey that every hero goes on in a story, in order for him to face the dragons, go through the ordeal, make it to the other side and receive the gift. 


Each of us are on our own hero's journey, our own worthwhile quest.


Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner, leader, parent or an employee, at some stage to make it through a challenging period, you would need to have had grit and determination to overcome difficult and testing times.


Is it possible to develop an unwavering amount of grit? So much that you are willing to smash through your fears, failings, limiting beliefs, self-imposed limitations and put yourself in harms way intentionally. "HARMS WAY?" Yes, harms way.


By that, I mean looking in the mirror and asking the question "how can I be better"? Setting scary goals. Starting a business earning more than you think you are worth. Finding the partner of your dreams. Starting a sport or hobby that you have always wanted to learn, knowing that you will probably be terrible at the beginning. Focusing on your health and wellbeing so you can sculpt the body that you have always desired.


All of these things have numerous things in common. They all take an insane amount of work. Zero guarantees of success, diving entirely into the unknown, a ridiculous chance of failure and embarrassment. 


If you are not scared off, and you are ready for the treasures that you deserve, everything is on the other side of developing grit.


  1. Develop self-compassion 
    Monitor self-talk. Some of the things we say to ourselves we would not say to our worst enemy. "Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening" Lisa M. Hayes."

  2. Using the bad things that happen as rocket fuel.
    Use the bad events to show yourself that you can achieve anything. If you can make it through that, you can make it through anything.

  3. Live and breathe your reason why.
    Wake each day repeating to yourself why you started and why it is crucial that you can't give in, EVER.

  4. Watch the end of the movie of your life first (from Brian Tracy).
    This means visualising in your mind how everything is going to turn out exactly right in your life.

  5. Increase your tolerance for pain.
    The more we do, the more we build strength and develop our ability to overcome suffering. Courage comes after action. 


Most people believe that talent, luck, opportunities and access to resources are the key to a dream life and life success. Average people say things like "It’s alright for them, they have rich parents", "they are gifted", "they have been given more opportunities than me."


The truth is that even though some of these factors might help, the primary determining factor in someone achieving their dream in life is grit. Grit and determination to succeed no matter the obstacles, no matter the setbacks and no matter the time involved. 


"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." JIM ROHN


Some people let themselves off the hook with their excuses as to why they can't do certain things, reasons why they are not where they want to be in life or justifying to other people why they are in the situation they are in. 


By cultivating grit, you can show the world you can have the life of your dreams. 


Daniel Burgess

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