This week we are focusing on one of our ALL-TIME FAVORITE words-- GRIT!
A word that is near and dear to us as we often have been described by coaches as "gritty" in our careers -- a trait that we attribute much of our success to as former athletes. Even today, one of the best intangibles that we've taken from the game is how to be "gritty" in pursuit of our goals.
We sure know our paths to our success weren't always pretty; but by being gritty, we were able to dig deep, work harder, overcome obstacles and setbacks in order to develop the toughness & resiliency needed to reach our goals.
Our athletes read this amazing article by Lesley Rotchford on Shape.com (CLICK HERE for the full article) Rotchford gives a list of ways to "Grow Your Grit" and we've attached them here so we can all help our athletes become grittier!
How to Grow Your Grit by Lesley Rotchford; Shape.com
Whatever your starting point, you can build more grit anytime. "When properly exercised and trained, grit can be strengthened just like a muscle," Stoltz says. Try these six key strategies to help fortify yours.
1. Find a goal that you're truly passionate about.
2. Be clear about What you want.
3. Surround yourself with gritty people.
4. Give yourself permission to fail.
5. See setbacks as opportunities.
6. Define yourself as someone who doesn't give up.
Maria Van Abel & Laura Beyer
When we started 360U Softball in 2016, our goal was to help softball players get better. We found a lot of athletes needing instruction, and wanted to help them bridge the gap between where they were, and where they wanted to be as softball players. VERY quickly, we found that the grand opportunity in front of us was not just to teach mechanics to these young women, but FAR more importantly, to help them understand how truly amazing each and every one of them are and to find their best self.