Grit Exercises to Boost Your Passion and Perseverance

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Are you looking for Grit exercises? How can you determine your grit, and work on developing the characteristics necessary to have grit?

In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth outlines what it takes to succeed. Grit can be developed over time, and these exercises can help.

Check out these helpful Grit exercises.

Grit Exercises

These grit exercises can help you first test your grit and then find ways to improve. Since so much of grit relies on purpose, there are also exercises about finding and creating purpose.

What Is Grit?

Before you do these, you first have to define grit. Do you have problems finishing things? Do new ideas distract you from previous ones? Do you get derailed by setbacks more often than you would like?

Then you could use more grit. In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth shows how grit – the combination of passion and perseverance – distinguishes high achievers, and why talent isn’t as important as most people think. Learn the 4 major components of grit, and how to develop grit in yourself, your kids, and your teammates.

Grit Exercises: Test Your Grit

Let’s think about how much grit you have, and how to develop grit with better goals.

Was your grit score higher or lower than you expected? Where do you fit in the population distribution? Are you stronger at passion or perseverance?

To find your most important top-level goals, let’s follow Warren Buffett’s suggestion. Write a list of your top 10-15 career goals.

Now, identify only the top 5 goals – no more, no less.

Everything that’s not in your top 5 are distractions. Is this surprising to you? What should you be doing to avoid spending time on these distractions?

Grit Exercises: Build Purpose

Try to see the greater purpose of your work.

In your current work, do you feel it’s more of a job, a career, or a calling? Why? What kinds of personal rewards do you get from your work?

Think about your work. How can what you’re doing positively contribute to society?

How does your work connect to your personal values? Who are you as a person, and how does your work match your idea of yourself?

Grit Exercises to Boost Your Passion and Perseverance

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Carrie Cabral

Carrie has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember, and has always been open to reading anything put in front of her. She wrote her first short story at the age of six, about a lost dog who meets animal friends on his journey home. Surprisingly, it was never picked up by any major publishers, but did spark her passion for books. Carrie worked in book publishing for several years before getting an MFA in Creative Writing. She especially loves literary fiction, historical fiction, and social, cultural, and historical nonfiction that gets into the weeds of daily life.

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