One of my favorite characters from The Peanuts is Pigpen. If you don’t know, Pigpen is the character that walks through life surrounded by a cloud of dust. I know, that might sound like an odd pick. He’s the dirty kid. The smelly kid. What’s likable about him?
For me, it’s his journey. Did you ever notice that Pigpen never had trouble navigating through life, even with a large cloud of dust around him? That’s because he adjusted and adapted to his situation. A situation that should have been uncomfortable (a cloud of dust can’t possibly be comfortable, right?) That cloud of dust didn’t halt him in his tracks or hinder his growth.
Just like Pigpen, we each have a cloud of dust around us, too. Your dust cloud might be full of bills, or difficult relationships, or negative self-talk. It might have business challenges in it or personal challenges.
Growth, whether in business or in life, doesn’t happen when you are comfortable.
Our comfort zone, unfortunately for a lot of people, is really the uncomfortable zone. People have gotten very comfortable being uncomfortable. Success doesn’t happen there. Success doesn’t happen in your comfort zone.
Evaluate Where You Are
I want you to get really honest with yourself, today and moving forward. Do you stay comfortable? Is your comfortable an uncomfortable?
If you answered YES to either of those questions, it’s time to shift.
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about success in your…
- Love life
- Bank account
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about business or life. If you’re comfortable all the time, if you never branch out and try new things, you’re doing yourself a real injustice.
I want you to think about it: What is your comfortable?
Is your comfortable a level of discomfort and if so, HOW? Get tuned in to how you’re uncomfortable. Then ask yourself what you need to do to move from that zone.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying success will only happen when you’re uncomfortable. Because if you’re absolutely petrified to do something, and you schedule yourself to do that thing 1000 times immediately after you read this, you will fail every time.
What I am telling you is to take baby steps. Meet yourself halfway. Fear is simply projecting the unknown. If you’re afraid to do something or concerned, take baby steps. Step into it slowly, ease yourself in.
Then, debrief. Ask yourself:
- What worked really well?
- What could I have done better?
There’s no use taking those baby steps and getting uncomfortable if you don’t also take the time to assess what you did well and what you could have done better.
- Growth stops happening when you’re comfortable.
- Growth stops when your comfort zone is uncomfortable.
- Growth stops happening when you schedule yourself to be overly uncomfortable.
- Get really honest with yourself even if it’s hard..
- If you’re scared or concerned to try something new, take baby steps.
I’m so excited about the new ventures you’ll be embarking on now! Take some time and really focus in on success mastery!