Last year I wrote about grit:
I’ve come across the word grit in several places this week. Instead of an artist, this time I feel like a word chose me. First, I saw it as I was finishing the book Imagine: How Creativity Works:
“In recent years, psychologists have studied the relationship between persistence and creative achievement. They’ve discovered that the ability to stick with it– the technical name for this trait is grit–is one of the most important predictors of success.”
“What grit allows you to do is take advantage of your potential,” [Angela] Duckworth [a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania] says. “Because even the smartest, most talented people still need to practice.
The next day I encountered grit again while rereading the book Mindset. This time, it is in reference to the story of Seabiscuit.
“A down-and-out nation saw this horse and rider as a symbol of what could be accomplished though grit and spirit.”
Then I ran across What Attributes Really Matter for Creative Success. This post really pulls together both these books/authors along with several others who have written about grit.
…author James Clear argues that grit is the number one defining element of geniuses:
“How do creative geniuses come up with great ideas? They work and edit and rewrite and retry and pull out their genius through sheer force of will and perseverance. They earn the chance to be lucky because they keep showing up…No single act will uncover more creative powers than forcing yourself to create consistently…”
Grit… possibly my new favorite word.
And it still is one of my favorite words. Grit is probably one of the most important pieces to the puzzle of building a habit.
I've noticed though that over the last few months I haven't focused on grit as much. I think when it comes to maintaining a habit and not burning out, there's another important piece to the puzzle: grace.
Grace meaning the act or instance of kindness or courtesy. Grace meaning the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful. Once I found my grit, my ability to stick with it, I also had to find grace, a kindness to myself.
There are days that the very best thing for me is to take the day off or to keep it super simple. After over a year and a half, I'm not so worried about missing a day or two. I know I can stick with it over the long haul. Along with grit, I'm learning grace and I think that will help in the even longer haul.