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Change Your Mind, Change Your Health by Ann Marie Ludovici

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10Got Grit.

Thriving: Your Ultimate End Zone

The America’s Cup Crew members possessed true grit. Most athletes, at an elite level, possess this potent virtue. Grit may be an innate trait, but athletes also train to strengthen their grittiness. Grit is defined as the combination of a very high perseverance and a high passion for an objective or goal (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, and Kelly, 2007). Both elite athletes and non-athletes may possess this extraordinary trait. Some have worked hard to learn to harness its power in setting health behavior goals and maintaining successful health behavior change. However, in the field of psychology, the question remains: “Why do most individuals make use of only a small portion of their resources, whereas ...

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