Doing what is right, is not the same as doing what it easy. In fact, I would say that to develop or harness any power in life – you most likely have to do the opposite of what you feel like doing.
It takes discipline to take the long road. Today, everyone is looking for a shortcut to greatness when there is no such thing. There is no easy road, there is no shortcut. Easy come easy go. If you take the easy roads in life you will end up in the same destination as everyone else.
Greatness is not an exit along the easy road. Greatness is a destination when you forge your own path.
It takes balls to forge your own path. Forging your own path sucks, especially when you can watch everyone else seemingly speed by on the easy path. The well-beaten trial.
Do not let this disrupt your progress.
Keep pushing forward on your own path.
There is no free lunch.
The Comfort zone
The comfort zone is where dreams go to die. This place is worse than the friend zone. Anything worthwhile in life is not achieved in your comfort zone. Seek to expand this zone on a daily basis. Constantly push yourself to do things that are outside of your normal area of operation. Consistently push the limits of your comfort zone, this making the zone bigger, and bigger with each passing day.
Work on becoming comfortable being uncomfortable.
- Wake up early
- Train when you don’t feel like it
- Take cold showers
- Skip a meal
- Skip a coffee
- Skip a beer
- Go to bed late
- Sit in silence
- Sing in public
- Talk to strangers
These are all great ways to expand your comfort zone. Push yourself past that initial fear. When your body and mind are screaming don’t do it, do it anyways.
Nothing in nature stands still. We are either evolving through growth and reproduction, or we are regressing and slowly dying off. Nothing is stationary. Don’t fall victim to this safety in repetition trap.
Being safe does not mean avoiding all risks. It does not mean sheltering in place. It does not mean hiding in your house. Being safe means learning how to assess, handle, and mitigate risks.
Your comfort zone is killing you.
Triathletes often train in their comfort zone. They bike, run and swim. To lift something their own bodyweight and you’ll quickly see why their comfort zone is killing them. What happens when they need to climb that fence to escape a shooter, they need to drag their injuries friend to safety, the need to lift rubble off someone who is trapped below.
Ask a bodybuilder to run after someone who is fleeing the scene, ask them to swim away from a sinking boat, and again you will see first hand why your comfort zone is killing you.
Fuck your comfort zone. Live bold, live brave, and try new things.
Do whats uncomfortable now so when life hits you, you can at the very least hit back.