I love to sleep. One time, in college, after staying up all night hanging out and slaying monsters in World of WarCraft, I went to sleep as the sun rose, and slept until 4 pm in the afternoon.
I'm not proud of it. But, I love to sleep.
But this past Wednesday night, I couldn't do it. I couldn't close my eyes. I wasn't able to clear my mind and take the plunge into the sweet embrace of rest. Though it'd been a long day, one filled with coaching calls, excitement and frustration, I couldn't slip away.
The past six months have been a whirlwind of activity for me and my business.
In July published my first real book (and started the outline for its follow-up). In October, I signed one of my biggest business development clients. But, in January, that title was taken by someone else. Then, just last week, the title of “Biggest Client” was again taken by yet another eager entrepreneur.
At the Thrive: Make Money Matter Conference in San Diego of last year, I set a big, audacious goal for my business. I set a goal so big that it earned its own slogan (250in17), and it has transformed the way I think about my business.
That goal is to make $250,000 in 2017 from my writing, speaking and coaching.
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I've never made that much money in a twelve month period in my life. I've never even made half that (although I'm well on my way this year!).
The results of the last six months, combined with the excitement of future possibility, has kept me from sleeping.
As I mentioned before, not being able to sleep, has been quite frustrating. I lie down, close my eyes, and all the things I want to do, can do, and should do, fill my head.
And I love it!
So, last Thursday morning, when my wife's alarm went off at 4:35, I was already awake. And when she finally got up at 4:45 after hitting snooze, instead of going back to sleep, I got up with her, went downstairs, brewed some coffee, and began writing this post.
“Success is about finding the thing
you love to do more than the other things you love to do”
I don't know the exact key to success (I have a theory about its ingredients), but I suspect it has to do with finding the thing that we love to do more than the other things we love to do. For me, success comes from finding the I love to do more than I love to sleep.
Or play video games.
A lot of what goes into achieving your goals is sacrifice and identifying the things you're willing to give up to get what you want. So, for me last Thursday morning, I was willing to give up a few hours of sleep.
What are you willing to give up or let go of so that you can achieve your goals? What do you love more than sleep?