Other psychological traits that are similar to grit are perseverance, hardiness, resilience, ambition and the need for achievement. (Wikipedia gives a pretty good breakdown of how they are similar and different HERE)
Additional research suggests that people with grit:
- report experiencing more happiness than those who are less gritty, even when controlling for age and education;
- earn higher GPAs than their non-gritty classmates, even with lower SATs scores;
- are more likely to outperform in spelling bee contests, regardless of verbal IQ. (source)
So what does grit mean to me? Do I feel like I have grit?
Grit is getting out there day after day and getting it done even on the days you want to feel sorry for yourself and read a book.
Grit is pushing yourself to the goal times of your workout even though it may feel uncomfortable.
Grit is making myself run uncomfortably hard because I know it will make me a stronger faster runner.
Grit is digging deep within myself during a race and finding a new faster pace.
Grit is accepting that races don't always go like I had planned or desired and learning from my mistakes.
My Mom decided she did not need her kindle anymore since she has the app on her iPad and iPhone. Why I am telling you this? Because she gave me her Kindle and I LOVE it! I have been wanting one, but it has been taking a back seat to all of my running expenses. It fits on my elliptical so much better than a book does and I don't have to worry about the pages staying open so I can read it! I spend a lot of time on the elliptical in the winter as I do not have a tread mill. I run outside as much as I can but when it is 30 below zero and windy, it is really hard to get motivated to freeze outside.
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What is grit to you?Do you feel like you get grittier with age?