Grit

Do hard things MOST of the time for high performance

If something is easy, it means that you could do it in your sleep. You do not need to get ready, psyche yourself up, or make sure you don’t stay out too late the night before. It also means that someone much more junior than you, and paid a great…

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You Can’t Perform in Your Sleep and Expect to Compete

Have you ever used the phrase, “I don’t need to practice this. I perform this in my sleep!” when referring to your performance at work or on the field? Research shows that automation of skills and abilities is actually a precursor to your falling behind the competition. If you are learning…

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Practice is a Necessity for Performance

Engaging in deliberate practice is one of the key differences between those that are good/talented/lucky and those that are truly great at what they do (and continue to be). Researcher K. Anders Ericsson talks about how innate ability and gifts will only take you so far. It might make you…

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Luck or Grit? You Can Control One of Those Things…

You may have seen a few posts by me where I mention the importance of discipline and intensity when it comes to repetitive success. Luck will happen on its own, so don’t worry about it or bemoan when you don’t seem to have enough of it. Worry about grit—doing the hard…

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Doing the Work Required: Discipline and Intensity

If you are spending hours and hours working to get better at something, it can be unbelievably frustrating to see no results. This situation is played out millions of times every year after the holidays and wedding season when humans of a certain size try to become humans of a 10% smaller size.…

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Performance Starts and Continues With Grit

This is Vern. See Vern do 24 pull ups. See Vern look impressive. See Vern blow out 90 candles on his birthday cake. Vern is NINETY and can do TWENTY FOUR pull ups? I like Vern, and I would really like to meet him one day. About 90% of the…

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