What separates athletes who achieve their full potential from athletes who struggle to achieve all their ‘talent’ suggests they should?
Is it an athletes ability to learn new skills quickly? their IQ? that pushes athletes to excel in their sport or is it something else?
How often do we see more ‘talented’ athletes fair worse than those with arguably less technical ability?
So what is it that makes the difference? Angela Duckworth suggests the difference is GRIT
She defines grit as
Passion and perseverance for very long term goals
Grit could have more of an impact on success that other things like family income, social status etc. do
Gritty athletes work every day in pursuit of their goals, they work not just for the session, not just for the week, or the month but month in month out year after year to achieve their goals.
As coaches what can we do to develop gritty athletes? simple…..we need to be gritty as well. Our grit must be in the pursuit of developing grit in the athletes in our charge. Every day we must be demanding of excellence, not just in the set or session but day after day, week in week out.
The good news is that if you haven’t been gritty up to now, you can start ….. a study by Dr. Carol Dwerk in Stanford says that the concept of a growth mindset is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed and it can change with you effort. Simply put, if you have failed to show grit in the past, you still have time to develop it