Living a brave life is not always easy; stumbling is inevitable. So how do we push forward toward the goals we feel give our lives meaning? By cultivating grit: the ability to summon inner courage and strength of character. Grit is that extra oomph needed to have faith in ourselves and where we are in our process of achieving our goals, even if our goals seem farther away than ever. It’s what fuels the endurance of painful and discouraging setbacks, giving us trust in our own capacities to persevere and the passion to keep striving.
Vying for a major promotion or new job, selling big ticket offerings, or pitching high-stakes ideas to your boss, are all potential places for significant rejection. But there are some strategies to help you overcome the tendency to internalize it and effectively channel your herculean grit.