Every once in a while in the story of your life, you find things going surprisingly well. Your job is going decently well, you have a platform where you can talk and a small group of remarkable people will listen. You’re in relatively good shape and are able to slowly accomplish a few things that used to seem impossible.
Sure, none of it happens overnight, but over time it does happens. Impossible things get easier and it becomes easier to get comfortable with where you are in life.
Never be comfortable
To a lot of people, comfort is the main goal of life. They work hard enough so they can live a “comfortable” life style. They want enough money to not have to worry about things. They spend time around friends that think the way they do so they don’t have to have anyone question the way they view the world (and make them uncomfortable).
If you’re not careful, you work our whole life to get comfortable only to realize that all the growth happens during those times when you were incredibly uncomfortable.
- The one time you went to a conference and were completely out of your league.
- The one time you started writing random thoughts on the Internet and hoped people would read it.
- The one time you ran a race you weren’t ready for and almost died doing it.
The parts of life where you were extremely uncomfortable were the parts where you grew the most.
Comfort is the kiss of death. As soon as you get comfortable, you start to let down your guard. It gets easy to coast and you lose opportunities to get a lot better. Sure, things could be good enough where you’re at, but if you get comfortable with “good enough”, you’ll never be great.
You can’t take things to the next level when you’re comfortable. It just doesn’t happen. You have to push yourself outside your comfort zone and explore the unknown. The only moments you can really achieve something meaningful are the moments when you make yourself vulnerable to failure.
How often in your life have you been simultaneously comfortable and taking real risks that meant you could fail?
Not often. The two are polar opposites. They don’t coexist. When you’re comfortable, you’re safe. You only have to deal with things you’re expecting. When you’re vulnerable, you’re not
Never be comfortable. If you’re comfortable with where you are in life, that’s all well and good, but you might consider changing something. Growth only happens when things get hard and if things have gotten too easy for you, you might need to change.
Never be comfortable.
Are you comfortable right now? What are you doing to change that? I quit my job on Tuesday. What do you need to do?