When I Learned That Comfort Zones Are Success Killers

What I Learned Today: Comfort Zones Are Killing Your Success

I wanted something I didn’t have yet. I wanted to be a winner. A success. So I sat around and hoped really hard for it. I didn’t realize that I’d have to do things differently than what I had been doing if anything was going to change. I’d watched the Law Of Attraction and figured it should probably kick in for me at some point.

So I waited. I had no inclination to change my daily habits because I was a unique little flower and the world owed me for my awesomeness.

I let 15 years pass this way, hoping and wishing, until one day, despite my awesomeness, I realized that none of my old behaviors had produced new magical results.

I sat there, looking out the window, eyes squinting from the afternoon sun and thought, “Maybe since the person I am now is not producing the outcomes I need… I might actually need to change myself in order to get what I want.”

I held that thought for a bit and then got my gym clothes and drove down the road to work out. It was arm day like most days were for me. When I walked in the door I saw my buddy Hans. Hans was a grizzled ex-airborne soldier from 2PPCLI of the Canadian Army.

Hans was doing his regular full body work out and was finishing off with deadlifts that day.

I walked over and started talking to him right in the middle of his set about the idea I had. Twenty seconds later Hans finished his set and dropped the 405 to the floor harder than gravity would have naturally allowed, “Yes I’m done and have a minute to talk. Thanks for asking,” he growled.”

Hans response went right over my head and I simply replied, “So what do you think about what I was saying?”

Hans looked at my perfectly sweat-free clothes and wiping the sweat off his forehead replied, “I think people will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones.”

I remember he kind of looked me up and down at that point before carrying on saying, “If I want to accomplish anything, I get out of my comfort zone. I strive to increase order and discipline in my life. Discipline usually means doing the opposite of what I feel like doing.

For me, discipline means setting deadlines, discovering and doing what I do best and what’s important and enjoyable to me, and focusing on replacing my bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns.”

“Sounds like too much work,” I said shrugging off something I didn’t really understand. I was too smart for all that and would find a more efficient and quicker way.

Hans didn’t say anything but chalked his hands in preparation for the next set of deadlifts. He braced his midsection and pulled on the heavy bar because Hans knew something that I didn’t – that one of the biggest secrets to success was damn hard work.

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