When you are comfortable you are in the perfect place for whatever you need in that moment. Be it sitting or standing or lying in your bed. You are positioned in such a way that your muscles are relaxed and you feel good. If not, you will toss and turn, shift from one leg to the other, until you find a comfortable position, or until you can move to some place else.
The irony is, we all seek comfort, but it is the lack of comfort that forces us to move. And without movement we cannot grow. So comfort is both a motivator for, and an obstacle to, growth.
That is why you need a good balance of comfort and discomfort in your life.
Picture this. A baby is wrapped up snuggly to keep her little body warm. However, she must be unwrapped to have her diaper changed. If her surroundings are cold she may cry when the cold air hits her butt, but in a short while she is clean and dry and snug again. The diaper changing process represents the activities that improve your awareness and identity, develop your talents and potential, facilitate your employability, enhance the quality of your life and contribute to the realization of your dreams and aspirations.
In the process of doing these things you will feel a blast of cold air. These come in many forms – like having to give up some pleasures in order to save money for something, or aching muscles as you work on your physical status. It may be the time spent studying or learning something new, and the exams that go with it.
Wetness or a bad odour prompts the need for a diaper change. What triggers your realisation that you need for a change?
It could be your own realisation that you just aren’t going anywhere, or it could be the observation of someone close to you. It may be the failure to get something you wanted badly, like a promotion.
Many people who look backwards, focusing more on how far they have come rather than how much further they can go miss the triggers. While I cannot deny that seeing how far you have come is a great reward, I would like to caution that it can become an excuse for not demanding more of yourself.
And if your situation demands more of yourself than you do, you will come up short. And someone else will give what is demanded. That’s how you miss the promotion.
So ask yourself today how you can ensure that you are tuned into the triggers for change, and have a plan for movement when the time is right.
Or better still, anticipate the need for movement.