“If you’re relentless, there is no half way, no could or should or maybe. Don’t tell me the glass is half-full or half-empty; you either have something in that glass or you don’t. Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat.”
—Tim S. Grover, Relentless
What attributes do successful people have in common? They are relentless. They are consistent. They are determined. They are intensely focused. They persevere. Do you possess these qualities?
Are You Relentless?
Do you want to improve? Are you wondering how to climb the ladder in your chosen profession? While this isn’t a “fitness article,” it’s absolutely applicable to the field.
When looking at those who have excelled at the highest level, there are obvious common themes:
- They’ve all dedicated immense time, effort, and energy to their craft.
- They’ve all been knocked down and gotten back up.
- They’ve all shown tremendous focus on their given tasks.
- They’ve all made mistakes and learned from them.
A friend once told me, “Discipline means doing what you don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it.” Sure, there should be passion for what you are working toward but it may not be present every day. Phrases such as “I’m tired” and “It takes too much time” sometime try to rule the brain.
Now there is a difference between being utterly consumed by something and still having a life. By no means am I advocating isolating yourself. You should have fun and be social. However, keep in mind the old adage, “Someone is always working when you’re not.” And it is those individuals working in a routine CONSISTENTLY, not just sometimes or most of the time, who are the ones skyrocketing.
Determination & Persistence
If you perform a task and it doesn’t go as planned, do you figure out what went wrong and correct it for next time? If you reach out to someone and they don’t respond, is that the end of it? This is when you must go beyond what you are already doing to get the outcome you desire.
This is more than not taking “no” for an answer. This is about finding out why the “no” was given as an answer and figuring out how to turn it into a “yes.”
To go along with this theme, this is also about constantly striving to be better, to learn, and to grow. In my last PTontheNet blog, “It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You”, I discuss how important the power of relationships is with this process.
When I say intense focus, I’m talking about laser focus: “I am going to give this my all. My absolute best. My power and energy is committed to this project.”
There’s a good chance you will get to the point where people around you may think that you’re TOO intense and TOO consumed. Well, they obviously don’t understand what it takes to breakout and thrive.
If I stopped every time someone told me to “calm down,” I wouldn’t have achieved nearly anything that I’ve accomplished in my life thus far.
If you want an example of perseverance then look no further than former president Abraham Lincoln.
Here is a rundown of some of the obstacles he encountered in his life:
- 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He worked to support them.
- 1818: His mother died.
- 1831: Failed in business.
- 1832: Ran for state legislature - lost.
- 1832: Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
- 1833: Borrowed money to begin a business and by the end of the year, he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years paying off this debt.
- 1834: Ran for state legislature again - won.
- 1835: His fiancé died and his heart was broken.
- 1836: Had a nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
- 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.
- 1840: Sought to become elector - defeated.
- 1843: Ran for Congress - lost.
- 1846: Ran for Congress again and this time he won.
- 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.
- 1849: Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.
- 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
- 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention - got less than 100 votes.
- 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.
- 1860: Elected president of the United States.
So next time something doesn’t go your way, and as easy as it may be to throw in the towel, use it as a learning experience. If you are really driven, no amount of setbacks will deter you. It may take months, years, or even most of your life. Do you have the patience and mindset to achieve success?
To those who want to know the secret of success: Newsflash! The secret is there are no secrets.
However, here is a recipe for the fitness professional:
Start with being consistent in business practices and maintain a consistent schedule for both yourself and your clients. Add determination and persistence in the quest to constantly evolve with what you learn and what you teach. Sprinkle intense focus on not only bettering yourself and your clients but contributing to the industry as a whole. Finish it with a splash of perseverance; never let mistakes, obstacles, or setbacks get in the way of serving your clients with the highest quality possible.
Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat.
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