When I wear my favourite sweat pants, I feel like I’m encased in a fleecy womb: safe and cozy and warm. They’re so comfortable, I want to wear them all the time. Unfortunately, they make me look like a hobo. They sag in the bum and bag at the knees. This is not, as my children never fail to remind me, a good look.
Being comfortable is my default mode. During the cold months, you can find me curled up in front of the fireplace with a good book (wearing my hideous sweat pants, of course.) But I’m starting to realize that, like many people with busy lives, I’ve become far too comfortable with comfort.
Motivational speaker T. Harv Eker declares that, “Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!”
As over-the-top as that sounds, T. Harv makes a good point. Studies have shown that the best way to improve a skill is to push ourselves to attempt something more difficult than we can easily handle — not so hard as to get discouraged, but just hard enough to challenge us. It’s in that stretching that we grow.
This is usually referred to as moving out of one’s comfort zone, or as expats call it, “everyday life.” It’s the antithesis of comfy sweats: an adrenaline-producing, heart-thumping, jump-off-a-cliff leap into the unknown. Definitely not comfortable, but that’s the point: You can’t move forward if you’re standing in place.
Time to retire those sweat pants? Oh yeah. I want to be where the magic happens. How about you?