I’ve been realizing more and more lately that if you want to be great at ANY-fucking-THING, you need to develop habits that set you up to grow and excel in that particular field of talent and/or interest.
Wanna be a ball player? Cool, bro…how often are you practicing? What’s your workout regimen? What are you doing to study the game?
Wanna be an artist? Awesome…what are you doing consistently to improve and expand upon your practice? What does being a successful artist look like for you?
At the end of the day, the question really comes down to: How are you challenging yourself?
What will it take to get me to grow? Inconvenience, discomfort, pain (both minor & major). Sacrifice.
What will you sacrifice today to get what you want tomorrow?
One good place to start? Comfort.
We seek to make life easier for ourselves. More convenient, more comfortable, more ease. Yet we also know that real, substantial, significant growth comes during the opposite times. The times of heartbreak, struggle, pain, disappointment and even fear.
And if we know this…and have also experienced it…then why the FUCK do we continually run from the things that cause growth, only to then turn around and embrace the things that cause stagnation, boredom and laziness.
We’d rather ‘Netflix and chill’ than work on our building towards our dreams and goals. If achievement and fulfillment were so easy, everyone would have it, right? So why do so many of us struggle with these things?
Could it be that our entire being (mind, body spirit, etc.) is built to reject discomfort? We’re instinctively (biologically) predisposed to reject discomfort and difficulty and embrace ease…
And it’s not only our fault…America is built to keep us in this stagnant state of “fat & happy” living. Providing us everything we need to sit on our ass, and live life through our devices or even worse, trade our lives in for binging on Netflix or HBO Go, vicariously living through our favorite show’s characters and stories.
Could it be that our entire economy is built off of products and services designed to make our lives “easier”?