Last week I wrote about GRIT, what it is and how important it is to cultivate it, if you are serious about your success in life. Simply put, developing GRIT is about pushing yourself a bit further, each difficult time, to see what you are made of. You need to know that failure is absolutely a part of developing GRIT, so you may as well make nice with failure 🙂
I think you have something to teach me.
Glad to meet you!
If you just lean into difficulty, roll up your sleeves, get ready for the battle; you can learn what you are made of, how strong you are, and voila!, you are one step closer to developing your amazing ability to persevere. To know that you will survive, triumph, get through anything; is to know your own power, to live life on your terms.
…and the Psych-Nerd is in da house!
…now that was weird and nerdy…
Cool research by the team of Dr. Dennis Charney (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City) and Dr. Steven Southwark (the Yale School of Medicine) has produced some interesting, and very helpful, results.
They interviewed people that have experienced extreme and traumatic life situations and they were curious as to why some people are more resilient than others in the face of difficulty. Their work involved speaking with people, including U.S. special forces soldiers and Pakistani earthquake victims, who coped well with a variety of incredibly stressful life experiences. The pair identified 10 factors that allow the most resilient among us to keep going despite incredibly trying times. They are:
I have chosen to write this blog today as this is the 13th anniversary of the passing of my first husband Robert. Losing him, taught me so much about my ability to cope, to persevere, to let go of what does not matter and to maintain a focus on gratitude. I am very grateful that Robert was my husband for 10 years, and I am immensely grateful that I was brave enough to rebuild my life after. I am living a full and cherished life with, my now amazing husband, Robin, and my incredible step-son, Jack <3.
Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD (Counselling Psychology)
Counsellor * eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success