As much as you don’t like your old habits or what they produce, they are what you know and what you are comfortable with, getting rid of them is going to be uncomfortable. Prepare yourself to push through the uncomfortable.
There is comfort in familiarity and lets be honest we like to be comfortable. Being UNcomfortable is, well, UNcomfortable. Our disposition for familiarity is no secret either. Case in point; big box stores go to great lengths to create familiar environments.
Have you ever visited a Starbucks 5000 miles from your home that makes you feel like you never left home?
We crave the same old, same old. On the other end of the spectrum we yearn for something new. So somewhere in the middle we desperately flounder to either IGNORE our dream or make failed attempt after failed attempt to go for it. This struggle is much more present during the NEW YEAR as we look back at what might have been and with renewed vigor set our sights higher this year.
Years ago I read a book by Bruce Wilkinson called the Dream Giver it’s a modern day parable about a man named Ordinary that lives in a place called familiar.
“For the most part, not much happened in Familiar that hadn’t happened before. Ordinary thought he was content. He found the routines reliable. He blended in with the crowd. And mostly, he wanted only what he had. Until the day Ordinary noticed a small, nagging feeling that something big was missing from his life. Or maybe the feeling was that he was missing from something big. He wasn’t sure. The little feeling grew. And even though Nobodies in Familiar didn’t generally expect the unexpected, Ordinary began to wish for it.”
The New Year has a unique way of poking at those nagging feelings doesn’t it?
Can I ask you to trust that little nagging feeling was placed inside of you?
Can I beg you to go get it?
Here is the truth.
The pursuit of any dream worth pursuing is not going to be easy. If I were a statistic kind of guy I would tell you right here how many people fail to use their newly purchased gym memberships a month after they purchase them. Lucky for you I am not a statistic kind of guy. You might call me a statistic HATER!
Why? Because in that simplified sometimes skewed number is a sense that you might as well give up before you start. You feel like you already know which side of the statistic you fall on. Let’s face it you’re a victim to those numbers and you are never going to change it.
…….WRONG! Picture me jumping up and down right now telling you “STOP, just STOP it, STOP believing these numbers have any POWER over you!
Guess what? Your comforts are literally killing you. As much as you hate them they are going to BE HARD to get away from. You are going to want to give up, and curl right back up in those familiar habits. You need to acknowledge the journey is going to be hard. You need to prepare yourself to stay in uncomfortable for as long as it takes.
You are powerful and need to POWER up and BUILD up your RESOLVE to be uncomfortable long enough to conquer or perhaps take back some territory and expand those comfort zones. WHY? There is much more to life on the other side of comfort.
I want you to really understand this. You are normal when not even a day into your new journey you suddenly find yourself sitting on the couch with a tub of ice cream proclaiming “what am I doing?” as you hastily throw another spoonful in. It’s easy to fall back into familiar.
How about every time you slip up you commit to getting back up, rather than feeling like you have to start over? There is a difference.
When you are always “starting over “ it means you have an expectation that venturing out of your comfort zone was going to be as easy as flicking a switch. Well it is not that easy, it takes time, it requires grace, it requires learning, it requires you to get back up and keep going.
Be faithful in the small things my friend! Over time the small ADDS up to BIG VICTORY in your life. You just got to keep getting back up. Will your spirit and ask God to make you strong and courageous as you step back into uncomfortable. You are ready to rise above what keeps knocking you down. You got this!