“You have to want success more than you want sleep”
Have you really thought about that statement? You have to want success more than you want to sleep! By now most have heard “when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful.” And that is absolutely true. There is no other motivation like craving oxygen when you can’t breathe. However, how many of us have almost drowned or had an asthma attack? How many of us have experienced what it is like to be in that moment where you know if you don’t get some oxygen in your body you will die? Most people I would venture to say have not had that experience. Yet how many of us CHOOSE to go to sleep daily? I would venture to say that number would be much higher. Yet we CHOOSE to go to sleep even when we haven’t earned it. We set out to do X, Y and Z today but only did X and say, “its ok I’ll do the other two tomorrow”. Really?? We say we want to be successful yet we go to sleep when our work isn’t even finished yet. We haven’t EARNED our right to sleep yet.
The time is NOW to stop CHEATING on your CHARACTER! The time is NOW to stop COMPROMISING on your INTEGRITY! The time is NOW to be a person of your word!
The dangerous thing about that is entitlement. We feel we are entitled to sleep because we have been up for a certain amount of hours. Yet its not the hours that you are up that earn you your sleep but what you do in those hours. Did you keep your word and accomplish what you promised yourself that you would that day or did you compromise your integrity? How many of us get upset when someone doesn’t keep their word with us? Yet how many of us don’t keep our word with ourselves? We promise we are going to work out 3 times a week, or we promise to stop eating junk food, or we promise to be faithful to our partner or we promise to go to church more, yet when things get hard and we are faced with some type of adversity we compromise on our integrity and say, “I worked out hard two days ago”, or “I deserve this treat” or “it’ll be a one time thing”. NO! The time is NOW to stop CHEATING on your CHARACTER! The time is NOW to stop COMPROMISING on your INTEGRITY! The time is NOW to be a person of your word! To do what you said you were going to do, even if the mood you said it in is gone.
If that means you don’t sleep until you read that book, so be it. If that means you don’t go to the party until you finish your work out, so be it. If that means you turn off your phone until you finish your studies, so be it. If that means you put your tv in the garage until you write that book, so be it. We say we want to succeed as bad as we want to breathe and that sounds good in those life and death situations. Yet when you are comfortable in mediocrity and have never felt that feeling of being ferocious when fighting for your life, how can you
know what it looks like to fight for your dream? But you know how it feels when that alarm clock goes off cutting your sleep short. You know how it feels when somebody calls you when you are in your deep sleep and wakes you up. You know how it feels when you haven’t had your first hit of caffeine in the morning. You fight your alarm clock for those extra 15 minutes of snooze. Well fight during the day to earn your rest. Go to bed exhausted because you want success as bad as you want to sleep. If you commit to that and you will until… then you will be able to say with enthusiam as ET does “I don’t need an alarm clock because my PASSION wakes me up!”
Have you earned your sleep today?
Jay The Motivator