Our high school had all teachers give a lesson on "grit" - the ability to stick to tasks and persevere when the going gets tough. In preparation for teaching this lesson, we watched a video featuring Angela Lee Duckworth, PhD. I found it interesting, both in informing my teaching, and in reflecting on my own challenges. (It's an 18-minute video)
As an adult with ADD, I certainly have my issues with sticking to things. I took the same 12-item grit test that the students did, and scored a predictably low 2.66. I have certainly managed to complete things requiring long-term focus and perseverance: a master's degree, a 1,440-piece queen-size quilt. But I get side-tracked all the time with the new and the shiny.
One of Professor Duckworth's images is stuck in my head as I survey my sewing room today - a speedboat going really fast, but without direction. (Okay, when it comes to most things, I don't really move as fast as a speedboat. But I resonate with the random directionality that the speedboat implies.)
My project "focus" has flitted hither and yon:
and several false-starts along the way: cloth napkins (how hard can it be to hem squares, really?), tightening up the waist and hemming a jumper I bought for my birthday (from January, I'd like to wear it sometime soon).
It all feels scattered and directionless. I am not making visible progress in any way that feels meaningful.
Argh - lack of grit strikes again.