“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right.”
You are reading this because I think there’s something inside of you–and inside of all of us–when we see something and we ponder, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.”
Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that–THAT is what life is. And I think you might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s special. And if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something.”
If we do the same thing over and over, sooner or later we’re going to get bored.
We don’t have to wait for something nice to happen to us; we can be aggressive and do something nice for ourselves.
For many of you, I know this is a new thought that may seem foreign and even unspiritual. But I can assure you that it is part of God’s plan. You can create variety, and it will keep your life more exciting.
I sat with my computer on my lap for about four hours this morning and then stopped for a while to do some other things I needed to do.
When I went back to my writing, I decided to sit in a different part of the house just for variety. I chose a place that had plenty of light where I could look out the window. Simple little things like this cost nothing, but they are very valuable.
No day needs to be ordinary if we realize the gift God is giving us when He gives us another day to live and enjoy. An extraordinary attitude can quickly turn an ordinary day into an amazing adventure. Jesus said He came so that we might have and enjoy life (see John 10:10). If we refuse to enjoy it, then it’s no one’s fault but our own.
I would like to suggest that you take responsibility for your joy and never again give anyone else the job of keeping you happy.
Add a little variety to your life—break up your routine, do something different, and so on. When you do, expect God to meet you and help make your ordinary…extraordinary!
It’s nice to be comfortable; isn’t it? I mean who really enjoys being uncomfortable? We all seek comfort on some level. In fact when you’re out of your comfort zone, your hands shake, you get sweaty, your heart races and other uncomfortable symptoms surface, warning you to get back to what’s “familiar.” Not convinced? Try this….
Fold your arms in front of you like you normally and comfortably do. Take a moment to do a visual inventory. Which arm is on top? Which is below? Do you have open hands or fists? Are your hands visible or tucked away? Now take your mental picture of “normal,” only this time, refold your arms in the exact opposite direction. Yep…do every position completely opposite. It’s hard, isn’t it? You really have to think about it! More than that, how does it feel to you?
When I do this exercise with groups, most people moan that it feels odd or uncomfortable. When I ask what they’d like to do next, they inevitably admit, “Go back to normal!”
Habits are a great way of keeping you in a comfortable routine.
With all the information and activity you need to manage on a constant basis, habits allow for regular behavior patterns that involve little to no conscious thought at all. Getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, driving daily to work, and all those other “non-essential thinking” activities, afford you the leisure of functioning with minimal stress and effort. The bad news is habits, even good ones that served you well in the past, can get in the way of your next-level living.
It’s obvious how bad habits stunt your potential, and there’s plenty of good information on how to break them. What’s often harder to discern are the “good” habits keeping you stuck where you are. Why? We often believe and tell ourselves it’s what we’re presently doing that’s worked so well and created our success….and, likely, it is! But the more comfortable we are at being good at something, the harder it often is to be great.
I witness this time and again when working within organizations and with highly successful people. It’s not that they lack the potential to do better; they’ve just locked on to particular habits or processes they feel insured their past successes.
And a principle of human behavior is when you lock on to some particular way of behaving or looking at things, you also lock out the other ways. That’s how you’re wired; that’s how the minds works.
As long as you’re satisfied with maintaining your current outcomes, and all other factors in your environment remain constant, then your current habits can be a benefit. The problem is nothing remains constant. Factors are always changing. And at some point, the law of diminishing returns sets in. Just like athletes who plateau from muscle memory and stagnated growth, your routines that created ease and comfort eventually work against you. You know the saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” It’s a truism that works against goal-setting, next-level living, and changing from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Habits have a way of ensnaring and enslaving you.
Now it’s essential to lock on to good habits; otherwise, you’d never take any action or see any significant change. You just need to be aware that the habits you’ve locked onto are keeping you YOU.
Growth and change require you to consciously break free of routines, even good ones, so you can explore the vast opportunities of potential and possibilities that God has uniquely provided for you.