In summary, the passion and persistence of grit motivates and carries us over rough seas like a well-made surfboard. We can think of an absence of effort like a crack in our surfboard that needs repair.
I'm writing this series on Living with Wholeness to counter our obsession with perfection. Its partly (and perhaps largely) due to society's emphasis on flawlessness, and even more so for women. Perfect skin, the perfect figure, a perfect tan, the perfect vacation, the list is endless, have all become multi-billion dollar industries.
Commitment to our values, faiths, and philosophies also take time, such as attending religious or political meetings. How much time we devote to these areas is often a matter of the strengths of our convictions.
By focusing on our strengths and daily successes rather than focusing on fixing our failures, we become more effective in life and find greater meaning, satisfaction, and agency. By building on strengths, we learn more, grow more, and grow closer to fulfilling our potential.
I'm doing my best to stay on the path to mastering my skills. I've only been writing for about a year. The thought of what it requires to become great makes me have second thoughts about trying--almost every day. But I keep going. Why? Because I love it. To know what I want to do with my life and to avoid it is sinful.
Here's eight practices to RE-SCRIPT your self-story from one that limits your plot to one that continuously expands it:
Your attention expands and amplifies everything. Focusing on an event, a moment, a person's traits, or an emotion will reveal more detail and that detail will attract more detail... on and on... consuming your consciousness.
Because so many workplaces don't give employees the ownership they crave, employees essentially "rent" their jobs. Alternatively, Dr. Shane Lopez discovered that people who love their jobs do these five things regularly:
Throughout our lives, we're conditioned to focus on our weaknesses. In grade school, we focus on the classes we struggle with in order to lift our grades. When we start our professional lives, reviews often include "focus areas" or areas which we need to improve.