Continuing with our discussion on self-limiting syndrome, we’re gonna look at this nasty little thing called comfort…
- Comfort is safe - Danger would be far too uncomfortable.
- Comfort implies a lack of motion - You don’t need to move if you like where you’re at.
- Comfort is boring – Unless you like stagnation.
- Comfort does not equal growth – A seed is probably much more comfortable in a bag than in some soil.
- Comfort is relative – Your comfort may be my discomfort. That may be the only thing keeping me from being as successful as you are.
- Comfort makes us complacent – If you like coasting along comfortably, you need not worry about tweaking or optimizing your process.
- Comfort is not motivating – My couch has never explicitly encouraged me to go out for a run.
- Comfort dulls our senses – Comfort makes us sleepy and slow to respond. It lulls us into a coma.
- Comfort is subjective – Even seemingly uncomfortable activities can be comfortable for people who do them regularly.
- Comfort makes us blind – We tend not to see what’s going on outside of our comfortable little bubbles.
- Comfort is seductive – It’ll suck you in every time.
- Comfort stifles change – The status quo is the epitome of comfort.
- Comfort lies – It’ll tell you that here is always better than there.
- Comfort holds you down – Why move up when sitting down feels so darn good?
- Comfort sucks – It sure does.
- Do something dangerous- Physical or emotional, but preferably emotional.
- Be dynamic - Put something in motion. Work towards a goal, big or small.
- Be bold - Take a chance. Do something exciting or different. Buck the trend.
- Challenge yourself to grow - Your discomfort is the very thing that will cause you to grow.
- Wash, rinse & repeat - Break out of your bubble. The new discomfort will turn to comfort and your bubble will grow. Break out of your new bubble.
- Be vigilant – Don’t be lulled into a stupor. Get off your backside and on your toes.
- Get motivated - Attend a seminar. Buy some tapes. Sit in a locker room at halftime.
- Sharpen your senses - Snap out of your lull and wake up to the world around you.
- Err on the side of discomfort - If its easy and it won’t help you grow, do something else.
- Open your eyes – Each day is filled with countless opportunities. Ditch the fear and go after them.
- Avoid the seduction - Its easy to retreat from discomfort to comfort. Resist the temptation.
- Change – Don’t let the status quo prevent you from becoming who you were created to be.
- Tell the truth – If comfort lies, then you need to spend some time with the truth.
- Break free – Decide to do what needs to be done and do it.
- Stay uncomfortable – Discomfort -> Growth -> Success
What would you add to the list?