Grit

 What is Grit?

Grit is the courage and resolve to perservere through long, difficult situations. Grit is often referred to as resiliency. It is the ability to overcome adversity, especially the long, agonizing variety. It is that ability to keep on trying, to keep on fighting even when things look bleak, even hopeless.

This important TAP measurement derives from years of research of TAP assessment results with battle seasoned Navy SEALs, special ops forces, decorated combat warriors and elite soldiers who endured the most grueling combat training & missions.  

 Why is it important?

Grit is important because it provides insight into a person's threshold for withstanding adversity, the person's breaking point if you will.  It is important for the athlete to know this so that they can avoid burnout. It is important for the coach to know this so that the coach doesn't push the athlete beyond their limit.

Knowing one's Grit score might also help determine when someone is likely to peak during the season. It also is important in knowing how an athlete might face an ordeal like working through an injury and being able to return to play.

 A higher score means...

Whether the context is an intense long game or a grueling long season, individuals with higher levels of Grit will have the highest level of resilience and ability to mentally endure it through to the end.

 A lower score means...

Those with modest levels of Grit will have a harder time enduring tough situations and may need to take breaks to recharge or be provided with motivation/support from others to keep going.

How to improve Grit

 Videos

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Why adversity is a gift - the story of Tom Brady 6 mins | by BrainBeehive

Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance 6 mins | by "Grit" author Angela Duckworth

How to Build Your Grit - The 4 Key Scientific Variables 4 mins | by Brian Johnson

Suffering = Pain x Resistance - An Important Lesson on How to Reduce Suffering 2 mins | by Brian Johnson

Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals 13 mins | TED Talk by Tim Ferriss

Navy SEALs Take Care of Each Other 3 mins | by Simon Sinek

Navy SEAL Has a '40 Percent Rule' And It's the Key to Overcoming Mental Barriers 4 mins | BigThink video with Jesse Itzler

The Power of Positivity 3 mins | by Brain Games

 

 Articles

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Embracing Uncomfortable 2 pages | by Dr. Pete Temple

How to be Good at Stress 6 pages | by Kelly McGonigal

Teamwork and Mental Toughness: More Important than Fitness, But...  2 pages | by Stew Smith at Military.com

5 Steps to Building Mental Toughness 3 pages | by Stew Smith at Military.com

Top Ten List: Mental Toughness 4 pages | by Stew Smith at Military.com

 

 Podcasts

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Developing Grit with Olympian Dr. Jeff Spencer 14 mins | Kwik Brain podcast by Jim Kwik

How to Fight Mental Fatigue with Dr. Oz 16 mins | Kwik Brain podcast by Jim Kwik

Strengthening Your Grit Muscles 22 mins | Chasing Excellence podcast by Ben Bergeron

The 40% Rule 46 mins | Mindset Matters podcast by Riley Jensen

The Power of Reframing 6 mins | Mindset Matters podcast by Riley Jensen

How to Stay Positive in a Negative World 10 mins | by Dr. Cindra Kamphoff podcast

 

 Drills

Ryzer Mindset Drills are designed to be completed either individually or in a instructor-led group setting.  The worksheets supplement the presentations and ideally are printed in advance of reviewing the presentation. The worksheets and presentations are PDF documents.  For best experience, save the PDF to your device before viewing or open in a PDF-friendly application such as Books on iPhone or Adobe on Android.

    

Control Your Thoughts...Control Your Future Part 1

Learn the Relationship Between Thoughts, Emotions, Behaviors, and Outcomes

This drill's outcomes: (i) understand the connection between thinking, emotions, behaviors, and results (ii) learn that how you interpret situations controls your mindset and ultimately your future (iii) learn a technique to combat negative thinking

Control Your Thoughts...Control Your Future Part 1 presentation - 57 slides

7-Day Journal: Thinking--> Emotions worksheet - 3 pages

Control Your Thoughts...Control Your Future Part 2

Learn to use Positive Thinking to Control Your Emotions and Ultimately Your Future

This drill's outcomes: (i) memorialize your positive personal experiences and beliefs (ii) learn how to use your positive experiences and beliefs as thought filters to interpret situations positively

Control Your Thoughts...Control Your Future Part 2 presentation - 32 slides

Thought Filters worksheet - 2 pages