Comfort will kill your dreams, your aspirations, your purpose, your life’s mission. It will destroy the one life you have. Let me tell you why. When you are comfortable then you are not being challenged. When you are not being challenged you are not growing. When you are not growing you are not moving forward. When you are not moving forward it is impossible to do what you were created to do and be the man or woman you were created to be. This completely goes against the grain of society because the world tells you to be comfortable. You hear it from people “I am comfortable where I am at in life and I am fine with that” all the time. Immediately when I hear that I know that person is not pursuing their potential.
As I am writing this, I will tell you that I am feeling way too comfortable where I am at in life. I have a decent job that I am doing well at, I have good friends, a nice apartment, life is pretty “good”, but I am in the process of making a huge decision. I am right now completely shake this comfort to the core. I am doing this because I feel comfortable. Here’s why, because in order for me to become the man God created me to be I need to put myself in situations where I don’t feel comfort so I can learn and grow. Where I can be challenged and I force myself to discover more of the person that God created me to be. When we are just comfortable in life and doing nothing to challenge ourselves we really are going backwards. Happiness comes when you are discovering more of that person that is on the inside of you that you don’t know of yet. The only way for that to happen is for you to persevere through challenges, and you cannot do that when you are comfortable.
Some people think I am crazy when I say this because they are trying to justify feeling comfortable. When you decide to do things that challenge you, to get outside your comfort zone, people will not understand, most likely your closest friends and family will think you are outside your mind. Let me give you an example, when I dropped out of school, most every one in my life thought I was crazy. The reality was, I was comfortable in school. I wasn’t being challenged. It was easy and I knew in my heart I needed to move on, to make a change, to challenge myself. I am telling you EVERYONE in my family and 99% of my friends thought I was a lunatic. But Sam you are doing so well, you have straight A’s, you can’t get a job without a degree, etc etc etc. When I dropped out of school I set out to prove to myself that I could make it work. I ran out of money within four weeks, yikes! I finally got a job making 8$/hour working 30 hours a week, not enough to pay bills. Found ways to make cash on the side through my network marketing business and other side jobs. Life was uncomfortable, I went from eating a nice warm lunch every day to eating peanut butter and Jelly for lunch every day for the next eight months. I went from having a lot of friends to a lot less friends. I went from my family being happy with me to being angry with me. I hit a lot of adversity after that decision but because I chose to make a change when I was “comfortable” I found out a lot about myself. I personally grew more in that time than any other time in my life. I became a better person, more ambitious person, more confident person, and ultimately I discovered more of who God created me to become in that process. Heck, starting this website, videoing myself on instagram, its all outside my comfort zone but its outside my comfort zone that you find yourself!
Comfort will kill your life, it will kill your dreams, it will kill your purpose, and being “comfortable” will cause you to never discover the man or woman God created you to be. When you feel comfortable you need to make a change. I don’t know what that change is. But it needs to be a change that challenges you. A change that makes you uncomfortable and forces you to figure things out. The word “Comfortable” is just another word for stationary and being stationary is unacceptable if you want to achieve your dreams. Put yourself in uncomfortable challenging situations where you will make mistakes and have to learn from them. Put yourself in environments that force you to get outside your comfort zone. Maybe you need to go somewhere new so you can meet knew people. Maybe you need to find a new position at your company. Maybe you need to move somewhere new. Maybe you need to try something completely new that you know nothing about. Or maybe you need stop day dreaming about what you want and go ALL IN. Yes people will call you crazy, yes people might think you are a lunatic, yes people will disagree with your decisions, but are you really going to let other peoples opinions of you determine what you do and who you become with that one life you’ve been given? I pray that you don’t.
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter