Tidings of Discomfort & Joy
Ok so its officially 2018 and that means all that goal planning you've been talking about actually needs to be placed into action.
There are a million quotes out there that thread a common theme.
"Nothing worth having comes easy."
"Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard for it."
"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it."
Well guess what. Statistically only 6 percent of you reading this will successfully accomplish your 'resolutions' or goals you've set out for yourself when you ring in 2019. By July that means 94 percent will either have failed or forgotten.
I still have so much to learn in this life, but there are some lessons that I've gathered in my three decades on this earth. One of the biggest is that most things that have been worth doing and have attributed to great happiness in my life or success have been the direct result of being incredibly uncomfortable.
A few examples would be when I worked on cruise ships. I was able to travel the world for free and build incredible friendships. However, I lived on deck 0. Yep...ZERO. I literally lived under the sea, which as you could imagine when you work 6 months straight 7 days a week with no days off...it can be a lot. However, I would not trade having that experience for anything.
Moving to Vancouver was a biggie. I owned a home in Ontario. I lived walking/biking distance (although I was so car centric at the time) from all my friends and family. I had a job in the province doing what I love at The Weather Network. However, there was something that I couldn't squash inside of me. It was a desire for more life adventure. From a personal choice when it came to a lifestyle...the city I grew up in didn't offer what I was after. (The West Coast is an endless playground for the outdoor enthusiast) So the opportunity came to move to Vancouver and I jumped. 3 weeks later I was here. If you've ever moved your entire life you'll know. Its a massive headache. It would have been easy to stay where I was, but in the end a risk turned into one of the biggest rewards. When I wake up to the ocean and mountains it brings me such a sense of joy.
Of course training for fitness competitions come with an abundance of discomfort. Fasted cardio, burpees, strict diet...the intense mental stamina. The time commitment. Yet again accomplishing that goal makes all those difficult times worth it.
So my biggest piece of advice whether you've crafted resolutions or not is to perhaps set this one goal.
Make 2018 your year of being UNCOMFORTABLE. It could be the best thing you ever did when you look back and reflect in 2019. Happy New Year!