This past year I set out on a mission that every goal I set out achieving I would be relentless about it. Webster dictionary full definition of RELENTLESS: showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace.
I wanted to be relentless in my health so I made sure that I ate properly using the Paleo diet as a standard including exercising at least 3 times a week a minimum one hour each time. I needed to be relentless with my finances ensuring that I didn’t spend frivolously and intensely maintaining a minimalist lifestyle. At work, I needed to maintain a pace at work that showed leadership and encouraged others not to give up when the going got tough. My goals for Mentor+ were well defined and I knew that in order to move things forward; hard decisions had to be made, project deadlines had to be met and a steady pace needed to be achieved.
Here are 12 things I learned in 2015 on being relentless.
1. Successful people never reach their goals alone. If you want an edge on life and avoid common pitfalls seek out help. Securing a mentor or mentors in your life is imperative. Here’s 5 Ways To Help You Find A Mentor.
2. Fill your life with meaningful things that you find important. Opportunity is everywhere. You just have to be thirsty enough to find it. Here’s 9 Life Lessons For Everyone.
3. Ask Yourself WHY? No matter what you do in life, asking yourself WHY is the foundation in everything you do. “Directions are instructions to explain how. Direction is a vision to explain WHY”. Simon Sinek explains it beautifully in this TED Talk: How great leaders inspire action.
4. We are told that leaders must be strong. They must be confident. They must be unflinching. They must hide their fear. They must never blink. They cannot be soft in any way. Well, that’s BULL! Here’s why being vulnerable is important.
5. Understanding the truth of making daily simple choices that lead to the success and happiness you desire. That’s what author Jeff Olsen calls The Slight Edge and the 7 Simple Principles Of The Slight Edge That Changed My Life.
6. The only way to keep growth is increasing your capacity. Leaders are learners. The moment you stop learning, you stop growing. What is your capacity for growth?
7. Fitting in, doing what you’re told and being just like everyone else is going to make you miserable. Live like a freak and you will do just fine.
8. Work on your calling every day. Here’s a summary of seven steps to discover you calling from author Jeff Goin’s book The Art of Work.
9. Be like a postage stamp. Stick to ONE thing until you get there. Accomplish more by doing less and achieve extraordinary results. Focus on your ONE thing. Here’s how.
10. Don’t fear success. Think big. Don’t choose the normal outcome. Act bold. Don’t fear failure. Here’s how to craft a growth mindset.
11. Lead a balanced life by counterbalancing. You can’t go a long time without counterbalancing your personal life and work life. Get to the top priorities and the rest will fall into place. Leading an extraordinary life to success is a counterbalancing act.
12. Work on crafting your unfair advantage. My good friend Scott Olford discusses six traits that make up your unfair advantage. Work on this every day and you’re well on the way of becoming LIMITLESS!
Thanks for sticking around. Let’s make the next year your best ever!
“A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” – Simon Sinek