Challenges. You face them every day, some more difficult than others. Are you the type of person that likes a challenge, someone who wakes up in the morning looking forward to what the day throws your way? Or, are you the person who lives life in your comfort zone, shies away when there is a challenge at work and goes about their business doing the same thing every day, never really advancing along? If you are the latter, after reading this, you will not be. Challenges are something you need to start embracing. Before we dive in, I want you to answer a few questions. When you wake up in the morning, do you dread getting out of bed and going to work?
When there is an opportunity to try something new, do you shy away and let someone else step up ?
If you are at a conference or function, do you sit back and talk to very few people?
When exercising do you quit before trying that one last repetition that might lead to failure?
If you answered yes to any of these, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. A comfort zone is the place where complacency lives. When you get uncomfortable, you grow. One of my favorite quotes by Neale Donald Walsch is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” It’s time to start living more outside your comfort zone, or what I call the “Growth Zone.” If I told you that in five years you will have doubled your salary, enjoy your job, love your life and are healthy, you would say “Heck yes!” You can achieve this but it starts with embracing challenges and living in your growth zone. Listen, I’m not saying you need to live your life outside your comfort zone all of the time. You need to have some sort of comfort and stability in your life. Hone in and refine your daily routines – getting regular exercise, eating healthy foods, hitting sleep targets and creating personal development time. These are important tasks because without your health, you have nothing. While you should work on dialing your daily routines in, it’s important to think outside the box and challenge yourself as well. If you’re a salesperson, make an extra phone call each day and tell your supervisor you are going to hit a marker you’ve never hit before. If you’re looking to pay off a debt, do it! Set a goal, make it happen and stop complaining. If you want to run a marathon, announce it to the world, create a training plan and start executing. If you fear public speaking but want to advance in your career, it’s time to get over it and test your skills. Take a public speaking course, join a local group and work on this skill. If I hadn’t started challenging myself and living outside my comfort zone, there would be no Adam Clark Fitness. Right now, my goal is to challenge myself every day. Currently, I’m running a 5k every day for a month. This challenges my time. I am reaching out to companies for speaking opportunities and corporate wellness projects. That challenges me because no one likes rejection. I recently did the Whole 30 to clean up my nutrition and that challenged me to stay away from poor quality foods. I am challenging myself to publish a book and will make that happen by the end of the year. To truly grow and prosper, you must embrace the challenge. I want you to challenge yourself starting today. Ed Mylett said, “The price you pay for not making your dream come true is much larger than the one to pay for making it come true.” Making your dream come true requires operating in your growth zone. Imagine if Walt Disney, Ray Kroc, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates operated within their comfort zones? What are you going to do starting right now to challenge yourself and make your dream come true?