I think that Alrik Koudenburg said it best, “To be outstanding, be comfortable being uncomfortable”.
Everyone wants to make it to that comfortable place in life where everything is right with our world. That’s great and we all deserve to enjoy our lives and our work. Yet, too much “comfort” can make us hide, prevent us from challenging the status quo and limit us from reaching our big dreams and goals. “Comfort” does’t inspire growth.
Don’t get me wrong, comfort has its place. However, for those of us that have started the journey to be Thrive!, we have been chosen for a higher calling.
On Wikipedia, comfort is defined as a sense of physical or psychological ease and a lack of hardship, while uncomfortable are people lacking in comfort.
I disagree! I am hung up in the word “lacking”. Being “comfortable” can cause us to be lacking.
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 and staying under the radar, you think you are comfortable. You don’t ruffle feathers, you don’t cause problems, you avoid drama…
That is not the life I want to live.
Not that I desire to ruffle feathers and be that obnoxious person that no one wants to be around. Far from it. I want to be the person that takes the risks, that lives in that uncomfortable zone because that’s where I am growing.
That’s me taking life by the horns. Experiencing new things. Having new adventures. Dreaming big dreams and better yet, living the life I truly desire.
Comfort can be a place where boredom sets in. Like eating TV dinners in front of the television night after night with nothing worthwhile to say to my spouse while my kids are glued to their fantasy role playing video games because our life is BORING!
No thank you.
Comfort can make us hide, like people who are afraid of going for the big promotion, or starting their own business because they live in fear that they aren’t good enough.
I don’t subscribe to that philosophy. We are all good enough. In fact we are better than good enough.
Did I always think this way? No.
I lived in “comfort” until one day a mentor pushed me. I didn’t know she was my mentor at the time. She was just my friend and he pushed me to dream bigger dreams. She pushed me to want more out of life. To go after the my big goals and dive into my true calling, making a difference in this world.
I have reframed my “comfort” to a place where I have physical and psychological ease because I am reaching for the stars, growing myself everyday and committed to manifesting the life and business I desire.
My mentor pushed me and changed my thinking – she said – even though you don’t believe it now, trust in my belief in you. That was motivation enough for me – I trusted in her belief that I could and wow did my life change.
My mentor got me out of hiding in my comfort zone and into living and loving 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! Uncomfortable means I am growing myself, growing my influence and growing my impact and that, I celebrate!