Beast Mode versus Sleep Mode

Everyone knows about the Marshawn Lynch’s #beastmode.  He can go crazy on the field.  There is some controversy as to where the term “beast mode” came from. Is it football or video games? It doesn’t matter. The important thing is that we all have it. You have a beast mode!  When was the last time you went there?

You may remember an event where you went crazy in the parking lot on that woman who was trying to steal your parking spot.  Beast mode. Or that time the kids ran off with your laptop? Beast mode. But when is that last time you applied that amount of energy and focus to one of your goals? Beast mode? We all have the capacity to dive into something whole heartedly, but we rarely do it even for a short amount of time because it’s exhausting.  To fully apply yourself to any task takes a tremendous amount of strength and effort. Let me be clear that I’m not using this post as an excuse for you to quit your job and tackle that start up just yet. But what if you did? Would you be ready to go at it with everything that you have? If not, why bother?

On the flip side you have a sleep mode too.  You need to be shut down just like a computer.  If you’re like me, then you might ignore it.  It’s fun to catch a late movie or to hang out with friend, but dang the next day I am tired. I encourage you to set your boundaries and rest.  Shut eye is good for the soul and the brain. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep. I tried it for a month and I haven’t looked back. Naps are great too.  If you can’t get enough shut eye I encourage you to take a nap if you can. How are you going to tackle your dreams if you’re too sleepy to focus?

I imagine that none of this information is surprising or new to you, but as we zip into the new year I encourage you to honor both sides of the coin.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016! Cheers!

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