Possessing grit is one of the key determining factors for success. Learning through disappointment and keeping eyes set on long term goals are important habits of mind to develop. People with grit have the emotional stamina to keep going when others give up. Having the mindset of ‘I haven’t achieved this yet’ keeps our minds focused on what can be done. At the end of semester, we see results from assessments, competitions, performances and other changes around us. Having a growth mindset means we can stand back from situations, switch down emotional reactiveness and focus on positive next steps. In our families, friendships, community groups and workplaces, we can encourage grit in each other by focusing on what we have learnt and what can be done. Ash Barty modelled great grit last week in her semi-final match of the French Open where, after being 5-0 up in the first set and losing it 7-6 in a tie break, she went on to win the match. Ash had the mental strength and grit to switch down the negative voices and focus on playing each next point well.
Life is filled with challenges and opportunities. God does not take these away from us. We grow grit and character by learning with humility through both. God promises that He walks with us through all of the circumstances of life. We can pray for His strength and guidance and let go of our fears and frustrations. We can step forward boldly.