Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade all have two things in common; they’re champion basketball players and they all worked with legendary trainer Tim Grover.
All of these athletes are incredibly talented, but Grover helped them go from great to legendary. Why? He is the definition of relentless. He’s brash, tough, and doesn’t accept excuses from anyone he works with. If you hire Tim, it’s like hiring a Navy Seal drill sergeant to help you reach your goals.
His book Relentless shows you how to be just that — relentless. Grover explains that in business or life, success only comes from relentlessly pursuing your goals.
Keep reading if you want to learn how to become relentless in crushing your biggest goals.
1. Know who you are and where you want to go
Tim thinks most people are willing to settle for being “good enough” in life. But in order to be unstoppable, you can’t ever settle. You need to climb to the top, learn how to stay there and then climb even higher.
You need to act like there is always someone right behind you willing to take your stop at the top. Tim defines this as being a “cleaner.” He says there is three type of people in sports and life; coolers, closers, and cleaners.
A cooler is careful; he waits to be told what to do, watches to see what everyone else is doing, and then follows the leader.
A closer can handle the pressure and usually gets the job done. But this person wants praise, credit, and the attention of doing something great.
But a cleaner is rarely understood. Cleaners thrive on pressure, who they are, and are never intimidated. Cleaners love the process more than the results. Michael Jordan is the definition of being a cleaner.
What type of person are you? Do you have what it takes to become a closer…or even a cleaner?
2. Understand talent doesn’t always equal success
As Tim Grover said, “Success isn’t the same as talent. The world is full of incredibly talented people who never succeed at anything.”
Talent will only get you so far. If you want to be truly great, “a cleaner”, you must have the work ethic to match your talent. Talent might help get you started on something but it won’t take you to the finish line. The sports and business worlds are filled with talented people who never accomplish anything, despite tremendous talent.
Recognize your talent and learn how you can develop it take your skills to the next level. This might include hiring a coach, joining a mastermind or reaching out to potential mentors. Find people who are already doing what you want at an extremely high level and learn from them. You can’t make it to the top of the mountain without help from others.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail
Your work ethic will determine if you truly become unstoppable in life and business. If you don’t learn how to push yourself through the bad days you won’t attain legendary worthy success.
Tim’s most famous client, Michael Jordan, famously said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Understand that failure is part of the process. Everyone who is successful once failed at something.
4. Never stop learning
You’ve probably heard “learners are earners” or “learn more to achieve more” in tons of personal development books and videos. It’s because it’s so true. If you want to be unstoppable in business or life you must stay curious and adopt a learning mentality.
As Steve Jobs said, “Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.” If you are always learning and innovating you can accomplish more than people who already think they know it all.
With the amount of technology available you can learn something new every day. It could be squeezing in a podcast episode on your way to work or reading a book for 30 minutes as part of your morning routine. Challenge your brain to constantly be learning.
5. Learn to thrive under pressure
Pressure changes people. Some thrive while others collapse under the weight of it. How do you react under pressure?
To become unstoppable you need to learn how to thrive under pressure. As Tim Grover said, “There is no such thing as a clutch gene.” Champion athletes simply prepare for big moments for than anyone else.
You should take their preparation and apply it to your life. It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not get it than be caught off guard. Stay ready for that promotion or big moment that could happen any day.
6. Make the decision
As Tim Grover said, “Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat.”
Don’t settle like the majority of society, raise your standard to expect excellence from yourself. Everything you need to be great is already inside of you. Stop listening to what everyone else is telling you and push forward.
Don’t place limits on yourself and your abilities. Understand that failing is part of the process. Learn to use failure as a learning moment and keep pushing. That’s how you become relentless, not just in sports, but in everything you do in life.