Last week I wrote about increasing my moments of enlightenment and peak performance, and said that I’d share with you what I learned in the literature and research. The common trait among those with a higher frequency of these states was to be relentless in their pursuit. Relentless people have persistence on steroids – they are unwavering in their commitment.
They are so steadfast, that distractions and immediate gratifications are rarely engaged in and take less energy to brush off. Some athletes are relentless and so are some people in their careers. In addition, we can be relentless in our commitment to our relationships as parents, friends, and teammates. I’ve also seen people be relentless in giving up addictive behaviors.
How we become relentless always has the same foundation: we find ourWhy. Whatever the reason, it supersedes anything that may be an obstacle. Sometimes this mindset comes immediately in a moment of crisis; you have a heart attack on Monday and you never smoke another cigarette again. Or it can take time to embrace this mindset; a student’s commitment to her grades incrementally increases over several years.
One decision that I’ve made is that I’m not going to wait for New Years Eve to tap into a relentless mindset. Today is a great day to be relentless.