Too Comfortable?

I like being comfortable, don’t you? Comfy chair, comfy car, comfy job, comfy relationships, comfy routine – who doesn’t like comfy? But what if your comfort level is stopping you from becoming great? What if it’s stopping you from doing great things?

Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – right? Well, if you feel like comfy is “good enough,” then you’re done.

But doesn’t that mean you’ve stopped improving? Isn’t it fun to keep working at making everything better?

I’m reading, How Champions Think, by sports psychologist Bob Rotella. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in sports and business and he found that the people who achieve greatness don’t allow themselves to be comfortable.

“In sports and business, if you’re not aspiring to dominate, to be the very best, you’re coasting. And you can only coast in one direction.”
— Bob Rotella

The clients Bob likes to work with are the ones who say they want to be #1 in their field or the best golfer in the world. He doesn’t get to excited when a client says, I just want to get by, or, I just want to make the team.

The great ones start with big dreams and big goals, develop a process to reach them, and they put in the work to get it done.

“Going after big ideas takes sweat. It takes persistence, patience, and a bedrock belief in yourself. Not everyone will do it. That’s why we call it trying to be exceptional.”
— Bob Rotella

What might you miss out on because you’re comfy the way things are?

What could your career be like?

What could your marriage become?

What kind of life could you create?

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Have you ever gotten too comfortable and then regretted what you might have done? I know I have. I could have put more effort into basketball and gotten more playing time. I could’ve become a starter and even played in college. But I got comfortable, created excuses – I was too short, too slow, the coach didn’t want to play me – and I regret it to this day.

If we get too comfy with the way things are, we will never know what might have been. It’s really your decision, and neither choice is “wrong.”

Are you comfy and done trying to make things better? That can be a fine life.

Or are you comfy but willing to keep improving things for you and those you care about? What kind of extraordinary life could you create?

Which do you choose?

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2 thoughts on “Too Comfortable?

  1. GREAT points Greg!
    Years ago when I was teaching at a Military Academy, we taught a course in “self-development” and “self-improvement.” One of the key points for the course was encouraging people to “stop making excuses” that delayed their goals for “self-development” and “self-improvement.”
    When discussing a goal of completing a college education, people would frequently say things like, “going to college at night or on weekends to finish college could take as much as 10 years…” And we would encourage them to ask themselves questions like, “Will my age be any different 10 years from now, whether I finish my college degree or not?”
    Once a person realizes that “self-development” and “self-improvement” is an on-going process throughout our lives, the EXCUSES about “how long it will take” to reach and achieve their individual goals are easier to overcome…

    Keep up the great work Greg!

    • Exactly right.

      In ten years we will all be 10 years older. The question is what ELSE will we be?

      The Japanese say the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago – the second best time is today.