Dictionary.com says Beast mode is “a state of performing something, especially difficult activities, with extreme power, skill, or determination.”
Being in beast mode as Dr. Eric Thomas, aka, E.T. often says “It doesn’t matter if you [wake up] a gazelle or a lion, [what matters is that you] understand the problem you’re faced with and be a BEAST at being it and achieving it.”
I am admittedly a morning person. When I wake most days, I am inspired and incredibly powerful – during those early hours. Some days I even feel invincible – in the hours typically between 4:30am – 6:00am. I say my morning prayers – or as I believe – my early and often conversation with God. I may reflect on the previous day and all that I know to expect for the day ahead of me. It is in those hours that I can also do my best planning. I am self-inspired to achieve all that I’ve set out to accomplish. I love the mornings. Everything is waking and coming to life. In those early hours, this chronically introverted morning person is laser-focused and self-inspired to “get ‘er done!” Beast Mode! But then…
Six o’clock rolls around, and others, those not morning people, begin to stir and awake. By eight, there is noise and busyness all around. These days, I will have arrived at the office – whether physically or remotely – and ready for the day. My flow is interrupted, but in beast mode, you don’t have the option to stop, quit, lose focus. If you do, you become prey to the predator. Now, while the predator could be that person in the office that does – that thing, is that person – whatever. But in reality, the predator is really complacency, settling, going with the flow, losing focus, or being distracted. Anything that will get you out of position to do your thing – accomplish your goal – Beast mode. In the wild, you become the prey and susceptible to being hunted for food. Of course, no one is going to eat you – in a literal sense. At least I hope not! But figuratively, you lose. Interruptions are going to happen. Be prepared and plan for them – remain in beast mode for the win.
Survival of the Fittest
I don’t know that I believe there can only be one winner, nor do I ultimately believe that to have a winner, you have to have a loser. Don’t get me wrong; I do find joy in winning, and the competitor in me totally loves it whenever I win. I am referring to mental fitness and stamina to endure the struggle it takes to win. You may very well experience “no’s,” rejection, get passed over, overlooked, cheated on, lied to, abused, betrayed, or whatever. Any, all, or most of these things can happen. You have to decide. Are you going to live as prey or live in beast mode? In Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory, the survival of the fittest describes a natural selection of survival – adapting to avoid extinction. This is where I believe “life happens for you” has its greatest strength.
Life Happens For You
Life happens for you to live in beast mode. Well, what I really say is life happens for you (not to you) to live your purpose. In beast mode, you are at the height of all that you were created to do. Without a doubt, no one on this earth is more equipped to be you than you are – at any point. Your gifts are unique and were given to you so that you can have an impact on the world. Armed with your unique gifts and experiences you have gone through (happens for you), you are in beast mode! That is the point where you will excel, grow, influence, prosper.
Challenges will come, but understand they only add to your gift in the form of experiences that allow you to be better at being you and equipped with what you need to get it done. No one can take ANYTHING from you that is intended for you, BUT you may have to fight for it. You may have to be in beast mode to demonstrate you are deserving of what you desire. You may even have to use those unique gifts you possess to make the difference in the world in the way that only you can.
Remember, life happens for you. Live your purpose.
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Lynn F Austin, MBA, is an author and speaker. Her messages reflect her courage and commitment against fear, doubt, and disbelief. Dedicated to serving causes impacting domestic violence and at-risk youth, she strives to inspire others to live their purpose.
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