Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!” -T. Harv Eker
The new year is officially here, and up until the final moments of last year I worked with my clients, helping them to push through the barrier of their comfort zones, and I realized just how important this quote is.
Unfortunately settling for the comfort zone means that we are today, all that we are ever going to be. When we stop stretching, reaching, seeking and risking..we actually stop growing. Most of us want to move forward and when we make those New Year’s resolutions we fully intend to reach them. Unfortunately, only 8% do.
Why such a small percentage? Because just saying your goals does not move you beyond your comfort zone. In fact making a resolution and failing to keep it can actually cause us to stagnate for up to six months. Each day can bring recrimination and paralyzing fear. In order to move forward in personal and professional growth action steps must be taken, combined with the willingness to work through the challenges that result in growth. How many of you have heard the saying you are young you have the rest of your life ahead of you! My question to you is doesn’t everyone have the rest of their lives ahead of us? So what is stopping you?
Lets get intentional! What is it you want to accomplish? What makes you sweat, heart rate soar, scares, yet excites you enough to build those action steps into your life starting this minute.
“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done” ~JD Houston~
Getting busy, by being purposeful about your time, thoughts, and creating an environment that is conducive to reaching your maximum vision for the right now. First by taking the time to get away from everyone else’s opinion on what your vision is, should be, or could be. This empowers you to be intentional about what you want to achieve. How will you design your life?
JFK stated that there are “risk and cost to a plan of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and cost of inaction.” You will know when your on the right road because it is up hill. Instead of bemoaning the vertical challenge rejoice in the fact that you are capable of not only overcoming the obstacles, but in fact setting new records for yourself.
According to Abraham Maslow we all have infinite potential, that means that you cannot use up all your potential no matter how hard you try. His conclusion..It’s not what we can do that is important, it’s what we do. Not only can we cultivate our potential but we have the privilege of rejoicing with others when they find theirs as well. So get uncomfortable regularly.
Join me next time on how to implement those action steps and intentionally develop you and your business. Until next time explore your strengths and utilize your potential to the fullest.
Barbara Britt has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. She developed the largest leadership program in the country for high school students and spent 16 years working with that program. She is now using that experience and expertise in the corporate world. As a sought after member of John C. Maxwell’s international speaking, training and coaching team, she conducts leadership, personal and professional development training for a variety of organizations. Barbara’s no-nonsense style helps take companies to a new level of growth. As an executive coach to management teams and entrepreneurs, and a life coach to individuals, Barbara helps redefine her client’s purpose, vision and goals. She speaks & trains on many different topics based on individual or company needs. Topics include Personality Work Styles, Excellence in Customer Service, and Power Networking. She also has developed a Roadmap for College Preparation Program that is helping parents and their children prepare financially, academically, and emotionally for one of the most important times in their family’s life.