THIS IS HOW I PUSH
I’m going to tell you what it actually takes to be successful, and go to the top. And I’m going to promise you that there is a very good chance you will NOT like it, but if you wanna make it?
You better fucking learn to 🙂
Last time I took a complete day off work, that I remember, was in January of 2011.
During the time between then and now I have been hospitalised off and on for extended periods over 20 weeks during pregnancy, due to serious hemorrhaging complications, given birth, attended weddings and funerals, had 2 break-ups in my relationship and accumulated perhaps 14 million air miles.
Yet on I continued, day after day.
I’ve had days where I’m pretty damn sick, had several minor surgeries, too many travel mishaps to count, and many many MANY fucking days when I simply didn’t FEEL like it or when I was so heavily scheduled with normal life stuff, or perhaps running an event or something, and had barely a moment to go to the toilet let alone JOURNAL or MESSAGE or CREATE or SELL.
Yet somehow I did.
Basically what I’m saying is I’ve lived my LIFE, as we all ultimately must, but at no point in time have I thought it necessary to take a day off. I’m not quite sure what that early 2011 was all about!! 🙂
Even right now as I write this I am supposed to be boarding an international flight!! A series of mishaps getting to the airport have put me way behind and I didn’t yet get to write my blog.
Yet here I am.
I’ve had the usual ups and downs of business occur, shit going wrong, shit not going through the way it was supposed to, shit hitting the fan in the MESSIEST of ways.
I’ve been sick as fuck the last 4 days, sicker than I’ve been in years, in fact the last 2 days I’ve been so dizzy the floor keeps moving beneath me and my head is increasingly feeling like it’s trapped in a vice. Everybody I know who has this head cold, which seems to be going ’round, as they do (side note: WTF body; I don’t usually get this shit!) is resting, bed bound, taking time off.
I worked 18 hours straight yesterday, with one 5-minute break (during which I answered client messages while laying on the couch, so KINDA …), then slept 4.5 hours, got up for coffee and journaling this morning, hit the gym by 5am, was in the limo service to the airport by 6, did 3 client calls from the limo, left my laptop in limo so lost a bunch of time at airport, cleared out my PMs while waiting in the line to get tax back on new laptop, spent 40 minutes remote managing a needed hospital trip for my Mother-in-Law via means of organising one of my assistants to do school and hospital runs, set up the day for 4 team members so far, cleared my inbox, jotted down 4 new training ideas, put together a pitch for an international speaking gig, msgd with Regan about 39x, filled out an application for a proposal for a new business I’m looking at purchasing, had 3 x triple espressos and ate some eggs.
And now here I am, writing this. Boarding started 15 minutes ago, but as I said to Enzo who is traveling with me today (Queenstown! Regan! Snow!) we don’t fucking move a muscle until this blog gets DONE.
A lot of people will read this and roll their eyes or else feel SORRY for me.
“Priorities out of whack!”, they’ll think.
“NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN AND BREATHE!”
“Disorganised, obsessive, relentless!!”
But here is what I think, and what you have to understand:
At 5am at the gym this morning I felt like SHIT. All day yesterday I seriously thought I might pass out. As I look back over the last 15 years of actively PUSHING to create my life on purpose, and the last 9 years of being online, I remember day after day after DAY of tired and stinging eyes, headaches, tears, frustration, even rage. Sometimes it all just seems like a blur of PUSHING, of pushing my body when I don’t want to, of sitting down to write when I have nothing to say, of selling when I’m fucking OVER it, of being absolutely fucking EXHAUSTED late at night – or anytime! – but yet rolling up my sleeves and doing the WORK.
If you want the result you better get used to rolling up your sleeves and doing the WORK, as a matter of course.
As a matter of who you ARE.
The world can fall AROUND you. NORMAL people can take fucking time off when they get sick, or there’s a live event, or a world event, or it’s mercury fucking retrograde (DON’T GET ME STARTED!) or they got their PERIOD or their DOG died or ANYTHING happened, anything, anything, anything at all that they can WITH VALIDITY use as an excuse, and that is their CHOICE, but we?
We don’t fucking CARE how valid the excuse is! THAT IS NOT WHO WE CAME HERE TO BE.
And you HAVE to understand that if you want to MAKE it then THIS IS WHO YOU NEED TO BE.
You WILL keep going, through the fire, and the brimstone, and the rain, and the flood, and the TORMENT, and when things don’t work, and when they don’t work for MONTHS, and when you’re CRYING ON THE FLOOR IN THE FETAL POSITION, and when you are sick, or tired, or just CAN’T.
You will pick yourself up.
You WILL grit your teeth.
You will roll up your sleeves.
You will SCREAM into the night.
And you will act as the person you SAY you want to be.
You wanna know how EASY success is, I can tell you, there is only ONE thing you have to do to go all the way:
GIVE IT EVERYTHING.
Of course the “big secret” which THEY will never get … and which I fear if YOU do not get makes you NOT ONE OF US …
You will fucking like it, and you’d never want to change it.
If you want to know if you’re living your life on purpose –
If you’re in alignment with what you came here to do and who you ARE –
And you find everything.
The thing that sets us apart from the rest is that we understand the meaning of life, is to live. And we COMMAND our business | work | calling to conform accordingly.
You may look at me and feel bad for me that I live for work.
I look at you and feel devastated for you that you never learned – CHOSE – how to press play, make money doing what you love, have your entire LIFE be purpose-driven and connected to results, and experience the JOY of the push.
Why would you create a life you look forward to time away from, when you can live one you love so much you can’t say no to it no matter WHAT?
Don’t forget –
Life is Now. Press Play.