How Ambition, Passion, Growth and Resilience Work Together in High Performers
In our last blog post, we mentioned the fascinating discovery by Angele Lee Duckworth’s research into Grit, that talent and resilience can be found to commonly have an inverse relationship. However, Duckworth also states: “Grit predicts success over and beyond talent. When you consider individuals of equal talent, the grittier ones do better.”
So how do you become grittier? Well, it is not about looking to reach a certain end point, such as an A grade or a particular salary, but it is about trying to maximize your abilities and your outcomes. It is all about doing the best you can and asking yourself “How can I get the most out of my day?” This type of attitude and resilience requires deeply held passion and beliefs. You need to be prepared to grow, have ambition and be passionate about what you are trying to achieve in order to possess the Grit you need to have to maximize your success and to get the performance improvement you want.
This is where the idea of Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset comes into play. The Growth Mindset is one of the key foundations of iPerform and takes up the first week of our programme. It is based around the idea that you can improve yourself every day through deliberate practice, and generate a mindset where lifelong learning and growth is a deeply held attitude. This works by constantly seeking ways to improve yourself, asking yourself the question “How can I get the most out of my day?” and believing by working hard, learning from your mistakes and improving, you will perform better in your job.
Dweck’s own studies show how this works. Studies in Brain Plasticity in children show that peoples’ brains change with experience. Although initially a child may first respond to failure by wanting to give up, if the child is provided with evidence from others that success is possible, the child’s belief that success can still be achieved is reinforced.
The greater resilience a person has, the more likely they will respond positively to failure, learn from their mistakes and use their knowledge to improve their performance in the future. Their resilience can be improved by being passionate about the goal and being ambitious and positive about their chances of succeeding. All these elements are included in the iPerform performance improvement programme which is now available on a 30 Day free trial.