Albert Einstein once said, ‘It’s not that I’m so smart. I simply stay with problems longer’
What separates elite performers from everyone else isn’t necessarily their innate abilities. It is their willingness to show up and put in the work, even under difficult conditions. No star athlete or accomplished entrepreneur ever achieved elite status only on the strength of their talents.
Every worthwhile achievement in work and in life requires the ability to persevere in its pursuit. While talent, skill, and opportunity are important, refusing to let challenges and setbacks deter you from pursuing your goals is key.
In other words, regardless of how talented or skillful you are, you won’t achieve much if you only put in the work when it is easy to do so.
Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that setbacks are par for the course. What sets winners apart from those who give up is that winners are not deterred. If you are easily discouraged or give up at the first sign of difficulty you’re not going to get very far.
The good news is, you can train yourself to be gritty in the pursuit of your goals, regardless of the challenges you face. Let's look at a few ways you can do this, shall we?
Believe in your ability to grow and improve, especially in the face of challenges
The belief that your abilities are not fixed and you can continuously improve is called the growth mindset. Even champions train for hours, every day, because they believe they can outdo their best performance.
We often give up on our goals when the going gets tough because we convince ourselves that we don’t have what it takes to achieve it. But the wonderful thing about us humans is that we can grow and improve in virtually anything.
Skill and ability, unlike talent, isn’t determined by our genes. And we can groom and improve on it. Even when you’re struggling, the belief that you can acquire the skills necessary to surmount your obstacles improves your chances of doing so.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. If you keep this in mind, you'll be better prepared to face difficulties
Give your time and energy only to things that you’re passionate about
It goes without saying that if you’re not interested in something, you’ll have a hard time keeping at it. Passion alone may not pay the bills, but it’ll help you persevere when the going gets tough.
Train yourself to see the purpose in your work.
If you can see how your work benefits others and makes the world a better place, it’ll help you stick with it even when things get tough.
Tap into the power of peer pressure
We’re influenced by the behavior of the people we spend a lot of time with. And most of it is unconscious. Might as well use that to your advantage and seek out the company of people who are the way we want to become. If you hang out with a group of five accomplished people, guess who’ll be the sixth?
That's all for now! In another post, we'll talk about how not to pursue your goals to the detriment of your health and overall well-being
On to a little fun quiz! This questionnaire measures your ability focus on your goals, compared to others.
How did you do?