I learned this long ago – and it applies to everything in life. If you want to be more financially secure, you need to get uncomfortable, work harder, network more, and learn about investing. If you want to own your own home, you need to get uncomfortable, give up a few of the little pleasures to save a down payment, then keep giving up those little pleasures to afford the maintenance on your new castle. If you want to get healthier or more fit, you need to get uncomfortable, drop bad habits, develop new ones, and stick with them to enjoy the long term benefits. Progress requires discomfort.
Sadly,our comfort zones are often decided by other people. Often, we justify where we are health-wise by comparing ourselves to other people. Sure, we may have an extra 15 lbs, but most other people we see have 30, or our friends all have 15 so we’re doing okay. We may think our diets are fine – after all we only drink 1 cup of coffee every morning with our friends and one soft drink in the afternoon, and we know people who live on coffee and cola. We’re doin’ okay. We walk from the bus to the office and back five days per week for a total of 8 blocks per day. We know we should be more active, but most of the people we know don’t even do that much. We’re doin’ okay. We like to watch the late news so we don’t get to bed til nearly midnight and have to be up by 6:30 to get to work by 8:00, but we know people who stay up til 2 AM and get to work on time. We’re doin’ okay. We’re on only two prescriptions – one antidepressant and one for blood pressure – but, hey, most people our age are on four. We’re doin’ okay.
If you’re sure you’re doin’ okay, you don’t need to read any further. If, on the other hand, you’re tired of doin’ okay and you want to break out of that comfort zone to get something better – read the article How comfortable are you? 5 things you can do now to improve your health and get uncomfortable.