Grit and the Art of Staying with It

At work and home most of us lead fast paced lives that require a certain level of commitment. For myself before the day is complete at the office or on an assignment I need to spend 10 minutes at least prioritizing the areas that need to be addressed the next day. That gives me a sense of completion. It allows me to be able to move from work mode to home mode. At home there are inevitably several areas that require and need my attention. I use the same practice of writing down the areas that need to be addressed the next day just before getting ready for a good night’s sleep. In my experience being well rested is crucial to maintain the pace of life and my physical well-being.

Grit is that determination and passion that fuels me through the rough spots or the maze of a work and home day. Having grit is really the art of staying with something to have it come to fruition. Staying the course in the midst of a change management process has brought the importance of grit home to me. Giving in to circumstances that do not align with the project and the expressed purpose of the change does not serve.

When challenged or confronted by difficult circumstances or people I rely on grit to kick in and carry me through.  The truth is that it has done so whatever the challenge has been.

Where does grit show up for you?

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Authentic Self Promotion – The Foundation

Authentically promoting yourself involves being generous, trustworthy, present, open minded and adaptable.  These traits however are all offshoots of the following areas:

The first is to focus on clearing obstacles or embracing challenges in your life.  Being meek and quiet and not taking the risks necessary to address the challenges in life is not the foundation for authenticity.  It is often what keeps people stuck.

The second area is to be accepting of yourself and others.  Yes just accepting people as they are rather than having the agenda of changing them.

The third is to express yourself genuinely – that is not permission to cause a scene or be intentionally disruptive.  It is permission to speak from within and be clear as to your opinion or feelings about a project or process.

Authentic self -expression takes practice.  Let me know how you are doing in that area.  I am genuinely interested.

Need greater clarity – contact me to discuss. Business Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at