What’s your why?
What gets you up in the morning? What gives you a drive to do more than what you did the day before?
One of my many favorite motivational speeches talks about how a gazelle is externally motivated. A gazelle will only run if it feels threatened. When a lion is hungry, and is trying to EAT that gazelle, that gazelle will run like it has never ran before. Everyone starts as gazelle. I believe laziness is inherently deeply encoded inside of us; why would anyone waste energy to do something that isn’t absolutely necessary??? The goal is to become like a lion, with a drive to be smarter, faster, and better than ever before. Why catch one gazelle when you can catch 2 mindset. The people that are winning in life are hungry. And those winners are lions.
Becoming a hungry lion 🦁
First, what is hunger? The hunger that I first experienced is hard to even put into words. Before I was married and had a kid I was a gazelle. Over the span of a few months of getting married and my wife getting pregnant, I got the hunger. More and more I could work longer and harder than I had ever worked before. Before marriage I was a hard core gazelle, do what needed to be done and move on. Once I had a wife, and a future kid depending on me, I had to do more than I was previously doing, and that was when I feel I turned into a lion. If you read my previous blog “How marriage affected my career” you can see the changes I made after getting married that outline why I think I changed so much.
While working 60+ hours a week, and going to school, with a new born baby, I learned a lot about how much I can push myself, I learned that limits that I previously had, were only in my head. And even now I’m finding new things that help me grow and help feed the lion inside me. I’ve started intermittently listening to podcasts trying to learn new things, I’m trying to read books that make me a better person and teach me new skills.
What if I lose?
So what? Lose. Lose so bad it hurts. Lose until you can lose again. I am a firm believer that every winner had to lose well more than once. But you need to hit a point where you hate loosing, and you get up and fight back. “You loose till you win” and I sincerely mean that.
Are you a lion?
Being a lion is not defined by any external factors. I do have questions that I ask myself throughout the day to see if I am on track.
Did I wake up earlier then I had to? In the mornings I am extremely productive. Waking up early and working out helps me get the blood flowing and solve some of my problems early in the day.
Am I accomplishing something today? Have I got something done? Have I used my time wisely? Are things not getting done because of something that I am doing? What more could I take on right now? What more could I be doing? Have I made a difference in somebody’s life for the better? Do the people I care about know I care about them? Am I happy? Are others around me happy? Am I doing something I am proud of?
And at the end of every day I always ask myself; did I do enough? And how much more do I need to do tomorrow?
Answer these questions and think about where you are at in life and decide for yourself wether or not you, are a lion.