“No matter how tough, I won’t give up!”
Older students: The determination to keep going even when faced with challenges or initial failure.
WEEK 1 Persistence defined: What it means to keep going and what it means to quit.
WEEK 2 What gets in our way? Fears, priorities, poor character & peer pressure
WEEK 3 What keeps us going? Sup-port-Passion-Action-Rea-son-Knowledge (SPARK)
WEEK 4 When we are having trouble persisting: Re-framing, self-talk, confiding & recharging!.
This month we are going to be discussing the powerful word, persistence.
People who persist make a choice. Instead of giving up when faced with challenges or failure, persistent people try something else. They keep going because something inside them tells them to strive. Their goals are in sight and they know they can achieve them if they stay determined.
People who persist have “grit.” Angela Duckworth, who has made a career focusing on the grit, says that a person’s “grit score” predicts achievement under challenging circumstances. For example; a West Point cadet’s grit score was the best predictor of success while the grittiest contestants of the Scripps Spelling Bee were most likely to advance to the finals.
There are many barriers to success that can derail even the grittiest people. From naysayers to repeated failures, poor self confidence to lack of resources, persistent people must weather the storms. Persistent people aren’t without their frustrations and challenges but they are more likely to keep going as they arise.
Every child must learn new things. According to Brene Brown, when people are learning, they often get into a shame cycle during which every frustrating hurdle or failure is a reason to shower themselves with shame. You might hear phrases like: “How did I not know this? How did I make this mistake? I’m not good enough.” Dr. Dehra Harris, who works with elite performers, found that instead of getting caught in shame cycles, elite performers remain in a constant learning phase. They see each action to gain expertise/mastery as a “singular attempt to attain a learning outcome.” They persist.
There are many ways to help persistent people stay the course. Providing Support, igniting their Passion, encouraging them to take Action, reminding them of the Reason they want to see the goal to fruition and providing them with the Knowledge they need to move forward are vital. By lighting a person’s “S.P.A.R.K.,” the gritty person can persist.
That means that we need to stress effort and grit over intelligence and talent. Research tells us that those parents who stress effort over innate gifts, tend to rear children who try harder and work longer on achieving their goals than others.
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