Photo of grits by sashafatcat; accessed through Wikimedia Commons.

Grit, not grits.  Although grits are probably pretty good, too.  But they’re not likely to get you through the present financial turmoil in the U.S. in the same way that grit will.

Angela Duckworth (in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania) has studied grit.  She describes it as perseverance and passion for long-term goals.  She writes, “Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress.”

Research has shown that individuals with grit are more likely to achieve success in work, school, and other endeavors because their passion and commitment help them endure the setbacks that occur during their long-term change journey.

Grit is not something you have or you don’t.  It is something you cultivate by adopting an attitude of patience and choosing to re-commit yourself to your goals over and over and over again.

How do you cultivate grit during these times of economic challenge?