As a state officer, having “grit” is one of the most important keys to success. You can be the most talented, decorated, experienced, and knowledgeable FFA member, but without the grit to push you through the times when things get stressful or difficult, you may struggle. Meet with one of your state officer coaches for a “check in” on your current level of grit. We also encourage you to take some time with them to develop some strategies that will give you the endurance and stamina to serve at your fullest capacity throughout your entire state officer year.
The video talks about the concept of a “growth mindset”, that the ability to learn is not fixed—but is able to be changed by your effort. As you go through your state officer year, there are inevitably going to be times when you either fail or run into things that you may find challenging. Reflect on some experiences you’ve had this year where you either did or did not have a growth mindset. What can you do to develop more of a growth mindset through your year, and how can the idea of a growth mindset help you build grit?