Why are some people more passionate, more determined, more gritty? Why are some better leaders? Why do some master the secret of success?
A big part of the explanation is because they believe. They believe in themselves and in their mission. They believe they will be successful.
A Stanford researcher, Carol Dweck, conducted a controlled experiment that suggests people who believe in an expandable theory of intelligence learned faster than those who have a fixed mindset and are concerned with how smart they are. Outperforming students were simply taught that the brain is elastic, like a muscle that gets stronger by using it.
Even a brief change in mindset can produce results. In one study people who consumed a "brain stimulating drink" (actually a placebo) immediately performed better on tests-- like 40% better.
If believing in ourselves works so well, why don't we?
Perhaps we are taught to doubt. Perhaps we learn to accept failure. Perhaps we need better mentors and coaches.
Perhaps summoning our inner grit begins with straightforward choices.
"Some things have to be believed to be seen."