Archive for August, 2009

Get Uncomfortable Before It’s too late!

August 2nd, 2009

The stock market seems to be turning around, albeit very slowly. Housing prices are on the slow rise again. And while this economic glitch hasn’t left us yet, it is easy to tell that she’s already packing her bags to go.

Frankly, I’m going to be a little bit sad to see her leave.

She’s like an old, crazy aunt from out of town that drops in to visit uninvited, stays longer than she’s really welcome, and puts everyone through hell while she’s in the house. But once she’s gone everyone looks around and realizes that they are somehow better because she was there.

Comfort is the enemy of change. Anytime a person is comfortable there is no real reason to go through the effort of changing.

You’ll never lose weight until the discomfort of your weight (physical, mental, or emotional discomfort) is greater than the discomfort you will experience doing what it takes to lose the weight.

Your business will never break new ground until your current model becomes so frightening, unsustainable, or discomforting that you take the risks involved in growing into new areas.

Relationships will never mature and develop to their full potential until you step out and take the risks involved in being emotionally vulnerable. And if a relationship is doomed, it will continue to linger like a dead albatross until the pain of breaking up is dwarfed by the pain of staying in the relationship.

Pain and discomfort are the ultimate catalysts of change. All growth is the result of change at some level. We grow when we become uncomfortable with where we are. Painful recessions are a great way to make lots of people uncomfortable enough to grow.

These last two years or so have really pushed a lot of people to take risks that they wouldn’t have taken in other economic circumstances. Some of those risks paid off, others did not. But society is better because the risks were taken. And the individuals and companies taking the risks are better off for having taken them as well. Yes, even the ones who took risks that didn’t pan out as expected, because every change results in some form of growth, whether emotional, mental, physical, or financial.

Down Economy, Success