Do You Have Grit?

Do you have grit?No matter where you live in the world this one fact is indisputable. The end of January is right upon us all next week.

Is this fact shocking to you? Are you asking yourself – where did this month go?

If you made some New Year’s Resolutions – how are they going? There is a saying: how you do anything is how you do everything. 

My guess is how you handled your January, how you handled your New Year’s Resolutions is how you are going to handle each month for the rest of this year and every goal setting or promise you make to yourself as you move forward.

What will it take for this not to be true? GRIT. That is right: GRIT.

Grit means to me how you describe a person who has the resolve, the determination, the strength of character to move through anything to get where they want to go or to achieve something difficult. This is what it takes to move through a list of goals toward one or more objectives.

Now this means the goals still have to be stated in the proper S.M.A.R.T. way. The progress or not toward meeting the goals must still be tracked. It still means the goals must actually be meaningful toward meeting one or more objectives (think – what is my Why?).

Grit means seeking out people who will hold you accountable and meeting or at least communicating with them regularly in a scheduled format. This is to hold you accountable – the missing ingredient for the majority of people who fail to achieve anything through their haphazard resolution or goal setting process.

The question remains for you to answer – Do You Have Grit?

Let’s see if you will get going now and get started –

  1. Write out your top three objectives you want to achieve this year for your personal life (3) and in your business or career (3).
  1. What exactly will you do starting next week toward achieving these?
  1. List out five people you will share this information with.
  1. Ask a person to be your accountability partner. A person who will agree to hold you accountable by meeting with you or communicating with you on a regularly scheduled basis.

Now show your grit. Follow these steps and you will be ready to grit it out this year.

If you are one of those scoffing at this process it is okay. I still love you. You just have no grit!

Mitch Tublin runs a boutique consulting firm with a main focus on Leadership Development, Business Consulting and Executive Coaching. With clients throughout the world the company is based in Stamford, CT.

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Do You Have The Grit and Determination to Be Successful?

be-successfulIt takes grit and determination to be successful. Do you have any idea how many ‘overnight success stories’ have worked for over twenty years and applied grit and determination over and over again in order to become an ‘overnight success story’ ? More than you would ever imagine!

We all love to think someone is an overnight success story. It sounds so – Hollywood!

After all it is so much more sexy to be an overnight success story than to say someone worked their tail off for twenty years, overcame failure after failure and had the grit and determination to continue through and past the endless naysayers and doubters to make it.

The numbers tell the story. There are very few people who continue through the journey and follow all the way to achieve their idea or their dream. Right in the beginning is where the largest separation takes place. Most people never get started. They do not even take the first step.

The next separation takes place between the people who become stuck, as if in quick sand, on the how.

“How am I ever going to do the thing” or “How am I ever going to do that”? Whatever it is instead of moving along and doing what needs to be done, they feel they must know all of the answers to how first. They never move past this point.

The third separation from the pack takes place upon declaration. Once you declare to your family and your friends what you are working on and what you intend to do each of them will freely explain to you why you are “out of your mind”. Or maybe you will hear, “oh and why do you feel you are prepared to do that?” This will be the very tip of the naysayers who will find you from the day of your declaration and forever more. Many do not actually intend for you to feel badly. The issue is inside their own mind they need you to stop or to fail. This is the only way they are able to justify why they never began and never started on their idea or their own dream.

The fourth separation is a continual process. Due to the fact this will repeat itself over and over again. The initial time is the largest separation from the remaining pack. It is failure. The very first roadblock or failure will deter the majority of anyone left on their journey. The few people who have the grit and determination to drive through the roadblock, who pick themselves up after that failure and continue on their journey, these are the few who will make it to become the ‘overnight success stories’.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

Single-Minded Determination Will Pay Off

Business DeterminationIf you are in the raw start up mode for your business, or branching out into another division or business unit, it might seem like you are attending your first Little League practice as a youngster. New skills to learn. New terminology. New team mates to work alongside. Accountable to coaches. Much more like that first day of Little League practice than you thought?

The way you get through all of this and other bumps in the road will be to have single-minded determination to reach the goal or goals you have set for yourself. What is that ultimate reason why you wanted to start your own business or create this new division or business unit. If you have team members you want them to catch on to this single-minded determination along with you.

The mindset which you will have with this focus upon the result which is to be achieved will propel you and others through the rough patches which always come with anything new.

What do you mean by single-minded? Let’s be clear about a few things, by way of two examples:

1.  A great chef knows the exact dish or meal which is going to be prepared. All of the ingredients are purchased, selected and ready to go when it is time to cook the dish or meal. No one is running out and getting the peppercorns and then returning to only then have to run out again to purchase the organic eggs. In your business, the direction you wish to take requires a focus and the single-minded thought process on what is necessary to get this done. Then it is necessary to stay on this course and get it done. When working with my clients this is what we call ‘staying on the highway’.

2.  If you are looking for a job or another career switch, at the same time as you are creating your start up, this is not having single-minded determination. You must choose.

Are you looking for a new job or a career switch or are you creating a startup? The same with running a new division or business unit. Are you spending your focus and energy on getting a new position somewhere else or on the task at hand? You must choose.

Let’s not confuse this in anyway with not being able to multitask. This is not at all what is being discussed here. When you are leading the business, you must have single-minded determination to bring it to a successful level.

A side note is people know when you are not. Your co-workers, your customers, your team mates, they all know, they can just tell. So STOP IT! You must choose. Which one is it going to be?

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.