All successful people know that it is easy to stay where you are, that is why most people never really change. They are stuck in that moment in time of their lives. Real success in anything in this life requires you to stretch, to leave your comfort zone. You need to be exposed to new ideas and dynamic ways of thinking.
The truth is change is not easy. Take for example you decide to make a commitment to physical fitness after years of inactive living. It is obvious that you will go through pain, you are going to be hurt for a while, but then you will be the physical specimen that you dreamed to be once you pay the price to get there. Most of us stop at the point of the pain and we never move through it.
Studies of long distance swimmers have found that, they usually get to a point where all they want to do is stop; all they want to do is just be hauled into a boat and taken home. But they have been trained to know that, that is the danger zone for them. If they can just get through the temporal slowdown, then they would finish their race and maybe even win the prize. But they have to get through that danger zone.
The danger zone for most of us is;
1- The danger zone of inconvenience: Most of us will only do that which is easy and convenient. If you want to achieve success in your life, relationships, education and business, you have to get out of the “easy bus”, and do the uncomfortable thing. Things that most people cannot and would not do.
2- The danger zone of comfort: There are some of us who feel that even though we don’t know it all, we are doing alright. We do not, or won’t make any effort to learn because we are too comfortable. Without the pressure of losses, or obvious failures, we won’t do anything different. This is a certain path to a life of mediocrity.
3- “Why suffer mentality”: A lot of us don’t want to suffer. We want everything now and easy. We don’t believe in hard work. If a relationship don’t seem to be working, instead of working on it, we walk. If a marriage do not seem to work out we just walk out. if a job doesn’t pay quickly, we quit. If we start a business and it doesn’t pay off in the first one or two months, we head for another opportunity. We do not have the mentality for long term thinking. We won’t look for something persistently, and because of this attitude, we miss our success targets.
People who succeed keep their momentum. They keep their momentum by consistently training themselves, by consistently stretching themselves.
Let these words of Apostle Paul inspire you; “Not that I have already obtained all this, or I have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philipians 3:12 – 14