You can’t put a price on excitement.
Excitement creates energy that coffee can’t come close to replicating.
It isn’t motivation or inspiration that gives the greats of history boundless energy sources. No, it’s the fact that they’re excited by what they do and by the prospects of what can be done.
The key isn’t to read motivational quotes or to even review goals. They key to winning, to having endless energy, to grabbing life by the balls and making it submit to your will is finding ways to get excited about your daily life.
When I was a kid and a teen, sports were always my source of excitement. I also always had energy.
I’d get up at 5am to run before I caught the bus early to get to school where I’d shoot for a couple hours before class. Then I’d stay for practice, which was at 7pm. After practice I’d shoot some more.
It was the dream that fuelled my energy in the present.
As an adult, that dream can be cloudy. Life can muddy the once clear waters with failure, depression, loss, and the continual struggle that aiming for something greater than the average man aims for entails.
Mediocrity is easy.
Chasing your potential and focusing it on a single endeavour is incredibly difficult.
Yet, throughout history, men have done this, they’ve stayed the course, and today we recognize them – often incorrectly – as geniuses. We see what they’ve created and attribute it solely to pure talent.
The better answer is excitement.
Da Vinci spent decades apprenticing and honing his many crafts before he ever created a masterpiece. Michelangelo did the same.
Yet, all we see is the genius of their work, not the persistence or sheer will that led them to hone their talent into something the world remembers hundreds of years after their death, and will continue to for hundreds of more.
The other day, I got excited.
I discovered a book that focused on the online world and how to improve an online business.
Most ‘online business books’ become out-dated within a year of being published.
This one was different.
I read it in a day (great for a slow reader like myself), and then quickly began implementing the strategies that the author talks about and recommends.
The implementing of the strategies led to 4 (I’m on the fourth right now) 16 hour work days in a row.
I didn’t go to jiu jitsu. I didn’t go out for dinner with the lady. I just worked.
That work wasn’t fuelled by motivation. It was given life by excitement.
The best among us live their lives fuelled by habit and routine.
They simply plod along, chipping away at their goals every day. I do this. I’ve created routines that have helped me accomplish way more than I was before the routines existed.
When you match habit and excitement, however, you become an animal. You become an unstoppable force.
The problem with excitement is that you need to seek it out, you need to manufacture it, create it over and over again, and that’s not always simple, clear, or easy to do.
About The Author
Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.