By Eric Jenican, Founder, Endorphin Warrior
Have you ever questioned your own mental toughness? Are you achieving the results you want in your life? Over the past several months, I’ve come to the realization that I need to be mentally stronger to make Endorphin Warrior more successful. In my next blog post, I will share more about this, but in the meantime, I want to share some information about mental toughness and achievement.
According to a review of the research, the general consensus today is that intelligence only accounts for about 30% of your achievement. What counts more, say the researchers, is your mental toughness, or grit.
Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, studies achievement, and in particular, how your mental toughness, perseverance and passion impact your ability to achieve goals. In one particular study, Duckworth studied 2,441 cadets entering the United States Military Academy, West Point. During their first summer on campus, cadets are required to complete a series of brutal tests – called “Beast Barracks” – deliberately designed to test the limits of each cadets’ physical, mental and emotional capabilities. Despite the elite intellectual and physical qualifications of the entering cadets, many fail to complete the Beast Barracks program.
According to Duckworth’s research, it wasn’t strength or intelligence that accurately predicted whether or not a cadet would finish Beast Barracks. Instead, it was grit – defined by Duckworth as the perseverance and passion to achieve long-term goals – that made the difference. The cadets who scored the highest on Duckworth’s “Grit Scale” were 60% more likely to finish Beast Barracks than their peers.
Additionally, when Duckworth interviewed professionals in other fields, such as investment banking, painting, journalism, academia, medicine and law and asked what quality distinguishes star performers from others, these individuals cited grit, or a close synonym, as often as talent. Said Duckworth, “Grit is what separates the best from the merely good.”
Looking at myself, in most areas of my life, I think I’ve been satisfied with just being good (which is hard for me to admit). But with Endorphin Warrior, I want excellence. And now I’m realizing that to achieve this, I’ve got to step up my mental game like never before. The good news – for you and me – is that our grit, perseverance and determination are under our control. At any time we can decide to work to improve our mental skill and strength and change our results. I’m ready to find out what I can do.
Have a great week everyone. Warrior On!
What about you?
What role has your grit or mental toughness played in your life, health, or achievements? Please share below.