James Hereford, Fairview’s CEO, recently sent a message to all employees about the need for grit. “To get to where we are today has taken tremendous grit and to get where we’re going is going to take a heck of a lot more,” he said referring to our organization’s ongoing transformation. He defines grit as a combination of enthusiasm and perseverance.
Here are four ways you can increase your perseverance and stay enthusiastic along the way:
- Anticipate. Set aside time to anticipate challenges. Ask yourself “What if…” and then “What would I do…” and integrate the answers into your plans.
- Be realistically optimistic. Problems will happen. The key is to identify the possibilities in those problems and turn them into opportunities.
- Stay focused. Decide where you place your energy so that short-term priorities do not overwhelm your long term goals. Check in with yourself bi-weekly on what you’ve accomplished and re-focus.
- Reflect and Recognize. Take a moment to identify a current challenge you’re facing and use these ideas to persevere.
Take a moment to identify a current challenge you’re facing and use these ideas to persevere.