This post has been updated.
I love entrepreneurs. I’m blessed to work in groups full of heartful coaches and consultants who bring their amazing brilliance from different walks of life to the task of building their coaching business. Interestingly, as different as they are, they have the same “garden variety” fears and their beliefs are always the only thing that gets in the way of success.
That’s about being human.
Getting stuck, breaking through, taking a leap of faith, and then… ah… evolving. That’s the dynamic cycle of human life.
For some, it’s like a game and they become facile at the quick leap. So what is it that those people have going for them? Is it super intelligence, advanced degrees, the best connections or being set up financially that results in success?
No, it’s gumption! It’s having the guts, the spunk, the chutzpah — to accomplish something against all odds.
My mom had good ol’ fashioned southern gumption. It got her through the Great Depression, navigated her through business school, moved her away from dustbowl poverty to a place she thrived near the Rocky Mountains that she loved. She put four kids through college against all odds and gave us all the advantages she never had – all by gumption.
And now I realize that it’s not my degree, certifications, knowledge or confidence that got me to where I am now. It’s gumption. (Thanks mom!) And that’s a relief because I can reach inside myself to draw on that strength over and over.
So… how about you… got gumption?
My guess is you’ve got scads of it but maybe you didn’t realize it was something you could rely on. In fact it’s likely to be the #1 factor in your success.
5 Ways to Raise Your Gumption to Get What You Want
When you find yourself feeling like you’re not enough as you are, try this:
- Summon your courage rather than looking for confidence.
- Be solution oriented and use common sense along with possibility thinking.
- Give yourself over to the hero’s journey and don’t look back.
- Let go of looking good, being right and having it all together.
- Know that you are thriving because of the challenges, not despite them.
Forest Gump was the perfect model of gumption. (Could it be why his name is Gump?) In his indomitably cheerful way, he gave himself fully to whatever came his way. He didn’t KNOW anything special. And he didn’t let fear get in the way of being a beginner and eventually mastering everything he did.
Share your stories of gumption below in the comments. How do you summon courage and determination for what you want, and keep going?