Don’t complicate your life or waste your precious time by building a boat on the sidelines. Simplify the process.
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Discomfort with your comfort zone is the sign that it’s time for you to step out of that zone and get really uncomfortable as you fully push past the edges and step forward into your growth zone.
Your comfort zone is tempting. And that’s the reason you stay stagnant where you are. So how do you get out of that comfort zone and walk past its edges? You must get extremely uncomfortable and dissatisfied with the status quo because discomfort in the status quo is a sign that it’s time to make a change.
You’re never going to be totally ready, but there will come a time when you will feel ready, and that’s when time becomes “the right time.” Your sole responsibility is to align all your efforts today so they can gradually propel you toward that feeling.
Readiness isn’t something that appears all at once. Readiness is something you earn one inch at a time, at your own pace, and very often, it’s at the cost of dancing with the many sly voices of anxiety, self-doubt, uncertainty, and fear and embracing them with a fierce mind and an open heart.
You write a poem one day at a time, and then suddenly, you have a collection and a book to sell. You launch a newsletter with zero subscribers, and week after week you send out a new edition, and then suddenly, you have almost 3,000 subscribers reading your work.
People think it’s magic, but really, it’s just a matter of consistency.
“The most successful originals are not the daredevils who leap before they look. They are the ones who reluctantly tiptoe to the edge of a cliff, calculate the rate of descent, triple-check their parachutes, and set up a safety net at the bottom just in case.”
“The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.”
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
The more you think about whatever you want to get started with the bigger it tends to become in your head.
The clarity you get from this question can – reduce fears quite a bit.
We tend to avoid situations that test us, or are terrifying personally, even though they may be necessary or required professionally. Unpleasant tasks are often required for us to get ahead in life.
Without the skill or courage to handle such tasks, we miss out on opportunities of advancing in our lives.
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