218. Don't Get Comfortable

You have big ideas. Optimism sparkles from your eyes. You have dreams of conquering the world with your talent. The moment you feel like you really have a sense of direction and you know exactly what you want to do with yourself, you go forth. You set off on your journey with a plan already in mind. There's just one thing. It's one thing that stops you in your tracks.

You're rigid. Unwilling to adapt. Inflexible. Stubborn. Hard-headed. You resist change.

All of these synonyms are just symptoms for those who are satisfied with staying stagnant in life. They're indicators for why people fail to move beyond their small town hopes and live their big city dreams, whatever that may be. (And, nothing against small towns; I happen to be from one.) 

The point is that we can't get too comfortable or be wise in our own eyes. Yes, we may have a business plan, an idea of how something is supposed to happen, but if we are unwilling to adapt to the times, learn from what's happening in the world, and provide solutions to modern issues, then we'll continue to stay in the dark. 

So many of us have been reared in this linear way of thinking that we don't know how to deal with the changes that happen so abruptly. We grew up on the "standard way of living" syndrome: Go to school, get good grades, go to college, and yada, yada, yada.

However, what happens when your industry faces massive layoffs and cutbacks?

What happens when it seems like your methods are not working and you can't seem to convert window-shoppers into customers? What happens when technology and information moves so fast that you feel overwhelmed and want to shut down? 

These challenges only force us out of our comfort zone and push us to find great potential within ourselves to find solutions.

But you can't find solutions if you're unwilling to learn, change, adapt, be vulnerable, or put yourself out there. You can't get too comfortable. Well, I take that back. If you want to get comfortable with your significant other on a rainy Saturday afternoon and watch a Netflix movie, by all means. 

But, Netflix movie-watching with your spouse on a rainy day isn't the type of comfortable I'm talking about. I'm talking about complacency in life.

The only thing constant in the world is change. Get used to it. If change makes you feel uncomfortable, join the crowd. If change gives you a tiny bit of fear, then welcome to the club my friend. But, at no time should change make you want to stay where you are for fear of moving forward. After all, change brings growth. And growth is the foundation of life. 

Don't get too comfortable. Adapt. Learn. Live. Grow.

-AJ