I was feeling tired and ‘overloaded’ a few days ago as I have various work related aspirations at present but I was struggling to make progress due to various reasons and life just happening. One morning I read a quote by Joyce Meyer (a bestselling Christian speaker and author of over 70 self-help books) that said, ‘Press on with Holy Determination’ and I did!
There are many ways to describe ‘this something’ we all need ‘to press on, hang in, persevere, stick it out, see it through, etc.’
Angela Duckworth is the world’s leading expert on “grit,” an important ingredient in personal success. She defines grit as “passion and sustained persistence applied to long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way. It combines resilience, ambition, and self-control in the pursuit of goals that take months, years, or even decades.”
Sonia Ricotti wrote Unsinkable (and made a movie with the same title) in which she shares many strategies to cope with life and to bounce back. She says: “The truth is, life is life. Things happen. We all face painful, life-shattering events at some point in our lives. Whether you are in debt, have health issues, lost your job, or are going through a divorce, no matter what the situation, you can get through it with grace and ease and soar higher than ever. Of course, how we deal with (and react to) these challenges will determine how quickly we bounce back. Being prepared and having the right tools, strategies, and support system in place is important.”
Nassim Taleb’s book Antifragile is a challenging book to read but it explains a critical characteristic and mindset, antifragility, that we all need to develop in a VUCA World (a world that is Volatile, Uncertain, Changeable and Ambigious). If you are antifragile you can benefit from disruption, embrace it and become even better than your current best.
James Anderson explains why young children need to become more agile and antifragile too as they will have to live in a VUCA World.
What is it that you need?