Determination and perseverance can be summed up in the word ‘grit’. We hear this word being used, but what does it look like? What does it feel like?
When I think of ‘grit’, I see the hard yards. I see effort. I see resolve. I see not giving up!
Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth defines grit as “the ability to persevere in pursuing a future goal over a long period of time and not giving up… It is having stamina.”
We see ‘grit’ on the sports field. We see ‘grit’ in the classroom. We see ‘grit’ on the stage. It’s that ability to work hard, endure struggle, fail, get up and try again.
It was a bitterly cold morning, the rain was bucketing down and our year two girls were out on the netball courts. Despite being cold and wet, they kept going, they were determined. They showed ‘grit’ as they raced across the court, playing together as a team and giving it a ‘red hot go’. You see, grit is not marked by intelligence or athletic ability, it is mental strength to go on, to keep trying.
In the classroom, ‘grit’ can be that determination to understand a new concept or master a new skill. On the field, it can be the difference between giving your best or giving up. On the stage, it can mean finishing well or not finishing at all. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
At school, we talk about ‘grit’ as a growth mindset. A mindset that is willing to shape, change and move … to give things a ‘red hot go’ and to push through the barriers. When we see our students rise to the challenge and achieve great things, we see grit … and we celebrate!
‘May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.’ Colossians 1:11
People are better off with ‘grit’ so make sure that when you see it, praise it. Praise the quality, not necessarily the result, for without the quality, the result would no doubt be worse. Remember, “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” Kobe Bryant.
I hope you have a wonderful three-week break with the family and I will see you to begin Term 3 on Monday 23rd July 2018.