The Characteristics of Grit – Do You Have It?

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Today, I want to talk about the word GRIT.   According to  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary,  GRIT is defined as, “firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger”.    Angela Duckworth, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania  in a Ted Talk, associated GRIT to the passion and perseverance you need to achieve long term goals.     Perseverance, of course, allows you to maintain your commitment to overcoming obstacles that lie in the way of you achieving your goals.

As a motivational speaker, professor, author, leadership expert, and business coach, I beleive that our understanding of ourselves helps to define our GRIT.   As people, we have to know how we feel about courage, our knowledge, our skills, and our ability to handle adversity.   Often we can determine our grit when we overcome an obstacle.

As I look at the word GRIT, I agree with Webster and Duckworth, that it includes courage, perseverance, firmness of mind and spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship and danger as you pursue purpose and long-term goals.    Therefore, examine your grit today, by examining yourself.   Define who you are as it relates to courage, passion, purpose, and firmness of mind.   Utilize your strengths to overcome adversity, and learn from your weaknesses to challenge failures.

We are all uniquely made, however, when we truly understand our GRIT, we can strategize for success.

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall                                                                                                          President, RBH Professional Development Institute

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How do you view success?

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The word success often confuses people.   Some people view success by the car they drive, the house they live in, or the people that they know.  Others view success through the lens of their family, happiness, and purpose.  Success for individuals involves a daily unveiling of our lives, and must be defined by our own definitions.   When we define success by others, we allow them to dictate our success.  The key is determining what is important to you and charting a course to fulfill your vision and goals.

For me, I believe that the true meaning of success is not attached to cars, or houses becuase they are things.   We can acquire them and also lose them.   Think about it, how many of us know people with enormous wealth, who are extremely unhappy.   They believe that they are hiding how they feel by using their wealth.  However,  the people around them often can see right through their mask.

Many successful people focus on the impact provided to others, based on what they have created.   Some examples are non-profits, youth camps, education, support groups, job creation, training opportunities, and access to information that improves a person’s standard of living.    These endeavors are important, becuase the goal is to change the lives of others.    Therefore, think about your influence, how you communicate and connect with individuals.   Think about how you add value to yourself and others.    Think about how you want to be remembered.  When you become pleased with your answers, you are defining your level of success.   My closing thought is, that if we are able to live a happy life and make the world a better place, we have achieved success.

If you are struggling today and would like to move forward in defining success by your own terms, please visit our website at http://www.rbankshall.com to learn about our coaching services.   We are ready to help, becuase “your success is our business.”

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall

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Maintain Your Momentum

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As we continue down the path of success, we have to identify and celebrate causes that propel us, because they allow us to continue towards the life we desire. Here are some tips to continue your success

1. Set powerful goals.
Setting goals for ourselves are very important because it allows us the opportunity to measure progress. Goal setting shapes our dreams and gives us the ability to identify clear actions for achieving what we desire in life. Finally, goals are great because they allow us to stretch and develop in ways we never dreamed before. As we grow and stretch, what we do and the person we become, on our way to the top define our character.
2. Stay motivated
Make a decision to go all the way to the top. Make a decision to be the best at what you do, and get serious about achieving your mission. Maybe you have only thought about achieving your goal, but now it is time for you to go and get your success.
3. Stay inspired
We all know inspiration when we feel it. We can’t sleep, we forget to eat. Sometimes we write our ideas on paper, and whatever we can find. Eleanor Roosevelt stated, “We gain strength, courage , and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face..we must do that which we think we cannot do”. Inspiration is like a gentle push, that moves us forward.
4. Learn good habits.
Success individuals chose good habits over stagnation. As I was completing my doctorate degree, it did not seem like I was moving forward, but as I completed each class and looked back over my progress, I was moving forward. I was creating a process that was leading to success.
We can buckle down to achieve our goals, and make life a little easier or we can take the easy road, making it harder for ourselves. Remember our good habits will vary, therefore as individuals, we must see the ones that strengthen our confidence, and lead to a satisfying journey on the ladder of success.
5. Find some time for yourself.
As you continue down your journey of success, find 15 – 20 minutes for yourself. This helps to lead to a healthy life. Take a yoga class, read some new books, spend time with your children at the museum or a park. The key is to find time to let go of the stress, which supports you mental, physical and emotional well-being. You want to be around to achieve your goals.