Are you a CRAZY relentless competitor?

Relentless Competitor

relentless competitor

You don’t need to be crazy about your preparation, but you need to be consistent!

Coaches look for signs of toughness. 

However,  Many athletes do not truly max out their effort until they think it is an “important” game, opponent, or audience.

Some “gamers” coast along early and only perform their best effort when they fall behind or the contest is close. They believe in the light-switch mentality! Others quit working hard and believing when behind, subconsciously thinking that a comeback is too unlikely to deserve their best effort.

However, Coasting is not the only reason athletes fail to be a relentless competitor!

“Normal” competitors have trouble staying confident when things are NOT going well, and they do not perform as well.

Some athletes are negative at external conditions–when it is too cold, hot, steep, bumpy, far, dry, wet, or dirty.

Many lose intensity in particular situations when they perceive their teammates are putting forth less than ideal effort. All of these examples represent a lack of mental toughness, a lack of grit, and a missed opportunity.

Are you Relentless?

Describing a competitor as relentless is high praise.

They work hard all the time!

To be relentless, you must get to know your own strengths and weaknesses. They make adjustments continually. Staying within their comfort zone is not important to them. Winning is.

They have the will to win, but they really have the will to prepare! There is a big difference between saying they want these things and acting it out. Andrew Carnegie said, “The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world tips its hat to those who devote more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.”

The relentless competitor motto is, “best effort – one play at a time.”  They bring their best at practice!!  Their best effort is what is expected– Not any less. Leaders appreciate the importance of practice, the importance of now, the importance of habits. Therefore, they take care of their bodies with good nutrition, weight training, flexibility work, stress and time management.

Relentless competitors hang out with each other. We are the average of the five closest people we hang out with. A teammate, competitor, friend, supervisor, colleague, coach, or family member and they go out of their way to spend time with that person. Confidence is contagious and so is relentlessness. Some teammates hate these type of grinders, because it exposes how hard “they” work.

Relentlessness gets an athlete to their goal, but a lack of persistence keeps them from it. “Relentlessness is a good quality. I don’t care what you do for a living,” said Hall of Fame baseball manager Tony LaRussa.  

Self-assess your relentlessness

At the end of each day, give yourself a relentlessness grade on a scale of 1-10. Then, at the beginning of the next day, set a goal that is higher. Who is it that you want to “be?” Relentlessness takes commitment and being able to measure your progress is crucial.

Aaron Weintraub is a mental skills coach, author, and speaker based in Grand Junction, CO, where he lives with his wife, Nicole, and their five children. He was a college baseball coach for a dozen years before turning his focus exclusively to training mental skills in 2006. He has spoken at national baseball, softball, and football conventions and authored three books, including Leadership Training for Softball. For more information, please visit his websites: (blog),, or
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