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Month 5 of our reflection on The Grit Factor. The last component of the Learn Leg of the Grit Triad, requiring deep engagement in the present, is building grit and resilience, in part through mindset (Chapter 5 of The Grit Factor).
Mindset can feel like a squishy thing, but it's critical to the Grit Triad, so much so it becomes not only one of the aspects, but the circle that surrounds the whole, what is required for every other piece to work.
In The Grit Factor, and in both learning journeys and keynotes, I talk about two key aspects: the growth mindset (and extended stress mindset), and the mindset of measured optimism, or grounded optimism. The importance of this is confirmed in three separate studies of POWs in Vietnam, each of which independently identified optimism as the most critical ingredient to their survival and reintegration after release. But the measured or grounded component is summed up best in the admonition by (POW) Admiral James Stockade: "You must never, ever lose faith that you will ultimately prevail in the end, balanced with the brutal realities you face in the present." It is hope, it turns out, that keeps us going, that saves us, in the end.
We'll talk about specific ways to do this in the next newsletter. But I'll close by saying that the power of mindset is that it's an individual choice-- it's your choice (listen in on episode 5 for Evans' take on this). Every day, and every minute of every day. How do you face challenges and disappointments? You decide.
To your grit,
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