8 secrets to grit and resilience, courtesy of the Navy SEALs
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Summary of what we can learn from James, the SEALs and the research on how to have grit:
- Purpose and meaning. It's easier to be persistent when what we're doing is tied to something personally meaningful.
- Make it a game. It's the best way to stay in a competitive mindset without stressing yourself out.
- Be confident — but realistic. See the challenges honestly but believe in your own ability to take them on.
- Prepare, prepare, prepare. Grit comes a lot easier when you've done the work to make sure you're ready.
- Focus on improvement. Every SEAL mission ends with a debrief focusing on what went wrong so they can improve.
- Give help and get help. Support from others helps keep you going, and giving others support does the same.
- Celebrate small wins. You can't wait to catch the big fish. Take joy where you can find it when good times are scarce.
- Find a way to laugh. Rangers, SEALs, and scientists agree: a chuckle can help you cope with stress and keep you going.
Real grit and dedication pays dividends long after the challenges are over. They build bonds that last a lifetime.