To take control of your life you first need to understand your weaknesses in relation to your comfort zone.
When confronted with a challenge what do most people do? They come out with a whole lot of excuses…
“I’m too tired”
“I can’t do that, that’s for professionals!”
I’m sure we have all heard them at one point or another. They were as ineffective the first time as they were the 1000th time.
Never before have we had so much abundance but done so little in proportion. A whole demographic have consigned their lives to the couch.
The uncomfortable truth: That re-run of sopranos will always be there. You will NEVER have the opportunities that you have now. It’s time to take control of your life.
You will never be as young and invigorated with such energy. Free time will become less and less of an occurrence as you age. When children come into the fray they become a priority and your desires will take a backseat.
Until then, what are you waiting for?
Take control of your life
There will be no saving grace to come down from the heavens and smite you with a billion dollar idea.
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t going to bust into your room and yell “COME WITH ME IF YOU WANT TO LIFT!”.
Those things are fabrications that we get shoved down our throats. They lull us into a false sense of reality to keep us in invisible chains – obedient and dumb.
When you stay in the sheep mindset you are easy to control and not a threat to anyone. Here at Rise and Claim we do things differently. I want everyone to take control of their own lives.
Stop going through the motions.
When you begin to accept responsibility for your actions something amazing happens. You begin to act in your own self-interest. Unless you are a masochist who takes pleasure in harming themselves.
You can’t blame the fast food company for being fat.
Or your friends for always asking you to hang out.
To take control of your life you need to understand that you have free-will and the autonomy to say NO.
You also have the autonomy to say YES.
Yes to smashing your weekly goals with no excuses.
Yes to sculpting your body into something you can be proud of.
The comfort zone
We each possess a comfort zone. They are the silent killers of discipline and determination. It is an area of life where we feel no need to improve our current standing.
Resting on your laurels can quickly lead to a return to bad habits. Bad habits eat away at us and try to wear us down.
This doesn’t have to be the case. There is an effective antidote to this process:
Always get yourself out of your comfort zone.
I know that getting out of your comfort zone is challenging but this is how you take control of your life. The rewards are worth it.
Not many people do it however.
Why? Because it’s hard, that’s why.
What happens when you step outside your comfort zone?
You get uncomfortable. Seems obvious but the concept escapes a lot of people.
What is so good about being uncomfortable?
In short you need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
When doing so you leave a state of inaction and enter into one of action. It is a land of unknown.
Unknown things require the addition of knowledge and the supplement of wisdom to utilise them.
Time must be spent in the trenches. Energy must be given to that which we are unsure of.
The result of all of this is learning.
This process makes us more marketable and as we become more efficient at learning we are able to do amazing things with it.
Our proficiency can be refined repeatedly. So much so until we have the potential to be the best in the world at something.
We become more useful for our friends and those who need us the most. When you begin to take control of your life other hungry people will be attracted to your energy and drive.
Pick from the tree of knowledge and eat it
As we digest the information and retain the nutrients we can reflect on the experiences it has given us.
We will never be the same again.
The quest for knowledge goes where the mountaintops are among the clouds and the legend of a hidden treasure in the woods makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
These sorts of tales were passed along for a good reason. It is our destiny to fulfil these stories in our own lives.
It is our job to go where others have not ventured.
“Born too late to explore the world, born too early to explore the universe.”
This saying can be used to either bring you up or crush you into a pulp.
Do you think that everything has been done and anything that hasn’t been done isn’t possible yet?
If so, we can sit back, relax and cruise off into the sunset. No problem right?
We shouldn’t wait to be able to go to Mars to find adventure.
It is of paramount importance that we instil in ourselves a sharp edge. Like a hunter who has went days without eating we must remain ever-hungry.
Every day is an opportunity to continue your adventure towards greatness.
Conquering our own battles
There is victory and improvement to be made in all areas of our lives – from our health to our relationships.
There are many mysteries that remain to be explored. Both within ourselves and in the outer world.
They may have been done by someone else but you, the individual reading this, have yet to do it.
Who knows what you could contribute to humanity. Each man has the capabilities to bring something unique to the table.
Some choose to do so and others will never see the light of day. We don’t know what our bodies are capable of until we push ourselves to the limit.
When we do this, surprise is often the emotion that is produced. Surprise at the fact that we were originally wrong.
The walls of our preconceived notions can be torn down. Brick by brick it will become clear that the biggest obstacle between us and our goals is ourselves.
Not the nagging boss or the telephone that won’t stop ringing.
Everything is a choice.
Each day, each lifetime is made up of individual choices. Do we make the right decision or the wrong decision?
Over and over again this will play out…
Each choice if chosen correctly, contributes to amass a legend that will be remembered for a longtime after he is gone.
The other option is someone who never amounted to much.
Which option do you choose?
This post was inspired by reading The Alchemist.
Paul Coelho uses his storytelling to paint the picture of why everyone should follow what he calls ‘your personal legend’.
Thanks for reading,
P.S Leave a comment down below to let me know what you think. What is the one thing you need to do to step out of your comfort zone?