My favorite definition is grit is the have the perseverance and passion for long-term goals.  You know it when you see it.  It’s the people who not just talented, but tenacious.  Those who are stubborn in the face of obstacles.  More than just hard-working and passionate, they’ve got grit.  There are numerous ways to build grit, and Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael Frisch, describe some in their book, “Creating Your Best Life.”   Here are some of their tips to build grit and harvest your happiness.

  1.  Don’t be a quitter:  When you fail to follow-through, you destroy being the achiever you want to be.
  2. Be around gritty people:  Find a culture of mental and physical toughness and spend time with people who demand the best of themselves.
  3. Read biographies or stories of gritty people:   You can learn so much from others who didn’t quit in the face of obstacles.   Post their pictures or stories around your office or study area.
  4. Don’t allow failure or criticism define you:  It’s just one person’s opinion, one point in time.  Learn from criticism and create emotional strategies to bounce back.
  5. Don’t shrink from challenges:  Your comfort zone is a great place to be, but you don’t learn anything there.  Reflect on your greatest challenges and jump in.

Harvest some happiness; grow your grit!