Some people use up their entire lives striving for comfort. Looking for physical or psychological ease or a lack of hardship. They get comfortable and then sit and wait to … I disagree! I am hung up in the word “stagnate”. I think people who are comfortable are stagnate. Let me explain.
When you go along in life and stay within the lines, always on the safe side of the street, not taking risks, staying under the radar, and not pursuing your why you think you are comfortable. You don’t ruffle feathers, you don’t cause problems, you avoid drama… Ha!
That is not the life I want to live. Not that I desire to ruffle feathers and be that obnoxious lady no one wants around. Far from it. I want to be the person that takes the risks, that lives in that uncomfortable zone because that is where I am growing – taking life by the horns. Experiencing new things. Having new adventures. Dreaming big dreams and better yet, living the life I was designed for.
Comfort is a place where boredom (mental decay) sets in. I define comfort as eating dinners in front of the television night after night with nothing worthwhile to say to my spouse while the kids are glued to their fantasy role playing video games because our life is BORING! And Comfort is where I think those people live that are afraid of going for the big promotion because they live in fear that they aren’t good enough.
Good enough. Ha! I don’t subscribe to that philosophy. We are all good enough. In fact we are better than good enough. Good enough is not an option with me. Did I always think this way? No. I lived in comfort or fear until one day a mentor pushed me. I didn’t know he was my mentor at the time. I thought he was my date and potential math tutor. He pushed me to want more out of life. To go after the my big dreams. He believed I could and enabled me to see myself succeeding. Since that time I have had several mentors and have mentored others. But I will never forget the power and energy my first mentor gave me. I use that every day to drive my purpose and passion not only with myself but others as well.
I am constantly challenging myself physically and psychologically because I am in a constant pursuit of my potential. Yes it takes getting out of comfort my zone, and realizing you never fail unless you don’t try! But it is worth it. My mentor pushed me and changed my thinking – he said – even though you don’t believe it now, trust in my belief in you. That was motivation enough for me – I trusted in his belief that I could and wow did my life change. My mentor got me out of the comfort zone of thinking that I was doing the best I could, to living life! And the best part is now I am mentoring others to achieve their dreams. Comfort is not my goal – I’ll take uncomfortable any day!
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.