We try and fail to, among other things, lose weight, be a better marriage partner, a better parent, get fit, increase our work productivity or get out of debt and save for something important.
We give up for a while and then — often around the New Year — we try another plan. We buy different products and we fail again, all the time losing ground while looking for answers in the wrong places.
Whether we admit it or not, for most of us the main barrier to personal progress is ourselves. We know what we need to do, but we can’t seem to make ourselves do it.
Gumption is the power to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. Willpower flows from gumption, but gumption is much more than willpower. Gumption is courage, common sense and resourcefulness in harness together. These are attributes you can strengthen.