If success seems to elude you, here’s a guaranteed approach for finding it. Do what you don’t want to do, are afraid to do, think you can’t do.
Whenever you decide to do something different—whether it’s making more money or changing careers—success always lies just outside your comfort zone.
The only way you’ll succeed is by stretching beyond what feels comfortable to what may seem impossible. .
The ability to tolerate discomfort—doing what might not feel good, but doing it anyway—is the only path to financial success.
For us pleasure-seeking, pain-avoiding creatures, that’s a very tall order. It’s certainly not comfortable to face up to a challenge, acknowledge a problem, and it’s especially unnerving to eschew our habitual ways of handling them.
Yet, that’s exactly what’s required. The real work in raising the bar is to stop doing the same old thing you’ve always done, to try out new strategies, to ignore false alarms, to resist the urge to quit, and refuse to fall back into familiar terrain.
Stretching carries with it this strict stipulation: feel the fear, endure the discomfort, observe the resistance, and go for it anyway.
In fact, the trick is to learn to regard fear and discomfort not as something to avoid, but as an indicator light pointing you in the right directions
From this day forward, find ways to stretch, to be uncomfortable, on a regular basis.
It’s not about eliminating fear. It’s about acting in spite of it. You are training yourself to surpass your limitations.
Anxiety, fear, worry, nervousness, resistance are all normal reactions to new situations.
Fear does not mean something’s wrong. Fear just means that you’re doing something different. And doing it differently is exactly what’s required to go to the next level.
So if its financial success you want, start looking for ways to be uncomfortable.
But there’s good news. Eventually, what was once uncomfortable and scary will inevitably become your new normal.
It also helps to keep in mind—the discomfort is temporary, but the payoff is extraordinary.
What have you done to scare yourself lately? Leave me a comment below.