These goals are a means to get to you to the bigger goals which matter.
And because they matter, you have a sense of purpose which is step 3 of the gritty.
Grit Step #4: Hope
Finally we have hope.
Duckworth states that hope actually does not define the final stage of grit. It defines every stage.
Perseverance is the persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. To have perseverance we must have hope that this will work.
From the time you first pick up a goalie stick to the time you jog across the line to shake the other goalie’s hand to the start the championship game, it is extremely important to learn to keep going when things are difficult.
Throughout the lacrosse goalie journey, we get knocked down. Both literally as you chase a groundball and figuratively as we suffer a setback.
At various points, in big ways and small, we get knocked down.
Those lacking grit, stay down, The gritty get right back and continue along the journey with deep hope that this process will bear fruit.
Duckworth Talking Grit: Ted Talk
This is Duckworth’s Ted Talk she gave on grit.
Mental strength is as rare as it is important. The good news is that any of us can get stronger with a little extra focus and effort.
Even if you’re not the most naturally talented the goalie, if you have a high level of grit you’re more likely to succeed.
Angela Duckworth’s book Grit goes through example after example of where this is true, including our cadets that I mentioned in the intro.
Some cadets might not be the strongest, might not be the fastest, might not be the smartest. But those likely to succeed have the highest grit.
I felt like this book was very impactful. Duckworth simplified the message, shared many examples, and showed the way to grow and cultivate grit.
The book increased my hope that I can become more gritty and reach my most important goals when it comes to coaching goalies and making a living.
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