I’m 41 years old.
I like to be comfortable. Everyone does.
What I have realized though is that what is comfortable for me is rarely good for me in the long run.
What is comfortable is a box of Little Debbies and a Netflix binge. What is comfortable is sleeping in… spending as much money as I want whenever I want… saying everything that comes to mind… skipping the gym… not studying my Bible or reading good books… etc.
Yes, when I read that list of things I realize that my tendency is to be a sluggard. I work. I like to work; but if I only did what was comfortable I would work much less on things that are much less meaningful. I’m guessing you would too.
I realize something else…
As I get older there are fewer things that make me comfortable AND I love those fewer things more!
The problem here is that if I allow myself to only do those things atrophy will set in: physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational atrophy. I’m not okay with that.
What makes me (and you) stronger is resistance… discomfort! The truth is that if you are not regularly uncomfortable then you are not growing… and if you are not growing then you are diminishing (because nothing is static).
So here’s the question: What are you currently doing that is making you uncomfortable?
- What books are you reading that are stretching your mental capacity?
- What are you doing with your exercise and eating that are making you uncomfortable… but better?
- What risks have you taken lately that have pushed the envelope?
- Have you had a difficult conversation lately? One that you started with a lump in your throat, sweaty hands, and a dry mouth? Tim Ferris said that “the level of success in our lives is directly proportional the number of difficult conversations we are willing to have.” Are you having them?
Look… you can play it safe and choose comfort for the rest of your life. That will result in a weaker, smaller life that is impoverished and boring.
OR, you can move into the discomfort zone. This is where growth happens!
Right now I’m working on an experiment in my life that is moving me into the discomfort zone. I’m calling it “Six Weeks of Awesomeness.”
I have identified a total of six actions I want to execute and/or six habits I want to establish by the end of six weeks. Some things require daily attention (habits), and some things require a block of time on the calendar (actions). The truth is that all of these things are a little out of my comfort zone… none of them makes me extremely comfortable… but all of them will make me a better man when they are completed and/or established as routines in my life.
Does that sound like something you know you should do? How about joining me?
If you decide not to do”Six Weeks of Awesomeness”, then at least consider this question:
What are YOU going to do to move out of your comfort zone and into a place of discomfort and growth?