We’re all made of different stuff. There’s no denying that. That’s what separates the average from the good, and the good from the great. You see it everywhere, in sports, in business, in your day-to-day life. Everywhere. Some shy away from responsibility. Some only take responsibility when nobody else will. But some demand responsibility, they crave it. Average, good, great.
The more responsibility you have, the more powerful you become.
This blog is inspired by one of my favourite books: Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable, by Tim Grover. I recommend this to absolutely anyone who is looking to improve the results in their lives.
I am going to assume that you’re reading this because you too, like me, want to be great. To be great you have to be consistent, every single day towards your goals. You have to be relentless. We’ve all been there, where we’ve reached a specific goal and we feel the joy and elation. It’s great, it really is. But what next?
This is what separates the great from the good, in my humble opinion. It’s those that reach their goals yet continue to set new ones immediately and begin working towards them. Success is a never ending cycle. There’s always something new to accomplish and something new to achieve. It could be starting a new career, or finding a new job where you earn more, or writing a new book, or starting a new project. Success is completely subjective. But the point is that there’s always something new to accomplish. Attack your new goals like you did with your first goal. Keep that same hunger.
As I have highlighted above, I believe we are all made of different stuff. Some of us inside have a fire that constantly burns for success, for some that fire is nothing but a little flame that is easily blown out. For others there is only smoke from the fire that was blown out a long time ago.
This is the reality we live in. Many of us have abandoned our dreams and goals. These people are average. It’s a shame but this is how it is. This is why it’s so important to keep the right company around you. Those that share the same or similar values in terms of achieving. Put an athlete in the company of a couple of slobs for a sustained period of time and that athlete too, will become unfit. Your environment is stronger than your willpower.
Then there are those that sporadically chase their dreams and goals. These people do achieve things. But they aren’t able to keep going. They aren’t relentless. These people become complacent and use a lack of willpower and motivation as an excuse. They become too comfortable in their surroundings and eventually their flame burns out and they stagnate.
But then there are those that are relentless. These people show up every day and put the work in. Whether it’s going to the gym, or studying something important, or consistently applying for new jobs in a different location. Whatever is important to them. Whatever their goals and dreams are, they will achieve it and keep on achieving. They don’t settle for mediocrity, they seek greatness and demand it from themselves. They understand that the life they desire is in their hands and all they have to do is put in the work.
I’m not suggesting that you burn yourself out (but it will happen if you are relentless). The relentless take a break too. After all we’re all human. But what separates the relentless from the others is that they would rather work than rest. They feel terrible when they miss a day of work because they realise that every second counts when chasing your dreams.
Relentless is a mindset. You can’t be relentless towards one goal and not your others. If so then you were never relentless in the first place. Keep on pushing, test your limits (if you have any).
Your dreams only work if you do. Be relentless. Attack the day!
Thanks for reading.