“How do you have the energy to do that, after a long day?”. “Why are you doing that, when you should be resting?”.
My answer, “because you’re not” or “because you won’t”.
The question is valid, especially when you are wanting to call it a day and sit down like most people do.
Let me be clear, I wake up roughly at 4am, every single morning. I go to sleep between 10-11pm every night, no naps during the day. If I catch a nap, it’s between 10-30 minutes, 45 minutes max! That being said, I do get tired, but I don’t have time to give it attention, most times.
The answer of, “because you’re not” is a very simple because a) it’s true to the situation and b) it’s the simple way to say a lot with very little words to get the other person to see the difference between you and them.
I was once told that “discipline is boring”. I say this to that statement, you’re correct, discipline is boring! But, I’ll admit, having discipline certainly allows me to get things done and allows me more freedom and control. When an opportunity comes up and I’m extremely tired, I know that I have what it takes to get started, to at least keep the door open on the opportunity.
You can only “pick” so many locks to the doors of opportunity. You either have to adjust your mindset to push yourself through the door, or learn to create the door yourself. Creating that door can be a lengthier process, but I’m here to tell you, it is possible, and I speak from personal experience on that one.
Sometimes you have to say, “because you’re not”. It’s not about you being better than the next person, or the other person, it’s about you being better than your past results.
Now a days, it’s easy to give up and it’s more so accepted with open arms because no one likes to say to the quitter that they’re making a mistake. So, I’ll say it, you’re making a mistake.
I’m not saying you should be dependable to everyone in the world, what I am saying is, you should always be willing to draw that definitive line in the sand that says, “I’m not like you, be cautious and carefully consider before crossing”.
Once again, let me be clear, it’s not about bragging, it’s not about boasting, it’s about you willing to give the last bit of energy to get something done. Running on fumes is real and everyone says they understand but there’s a difference between understanding and knowing. There’s a difference between I heard and experience…the two are not the same, and neither is the quitter and the finisher.
Be a pusher, not a quitter. Be the person that says, “I gave it everything I had. I may not have been completely successful but at least I didn’t quit.” Be the person that was “broken” versus the one that gave up and laid on the sidelines with energy to spare.
Remember this, when someone asks you the question, reply with because you’re not!