Is it possible to become comfortable with being great? Or is it natural to regress from where you are?
When is it time to progress to a new level?
We get comfortable too fast. We don’t keep pushing towards our goals after small spurts of success. For example, when you receive a promotion at work, do you work more or less? Most people say more, but in reality, you work less.
Yes, you have more responsibility, but, in most workplaces, you are now a delegator of hard work and not a participant. Delegating is easy but, rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty is where great leaders separate themselves from the people with the title of leader. The consistent drive to do more, even if it means going back to the basics, is how you become greater than your status.
We don’t expect greatness. We treat it like something that we should be lucky to experience. Do not assume that because you succeed that you were lucky.
Early success in life means you are being prepped for something bigger, and you must learn to make success the new normal. For example, the phrase work until your most challenging workout becomes your warmup is the perfect life phrase.
Your new normal should be being great. A lousy day should mean that you didn’t do better than you did yesterday. I know you are wondering how you gauge that.
Easy. Find a calendar. Write a goal at the top—for example, complete 500 push-ups. Every day write the number of push-ups you complete each day. Do not focus on reps. Just focus on doing more reps than you did the previous day. Every month track your overall progress until you reach your goal of 500. As you grow stronger, doing push-ups daily will become your new normal. You will also be comfortable with how great you are at doing push-ups.
One statement that I applied to my life now helps me be comfortable with being great.
Make Hard Work Easy!
A hard workout is like a rollercoaster ride. You prep your mind for the climb up.
You fear you are about to die on the way down.
But after it's over, you are a lot stronger than when you started, and you are excited to do it all over again.