As human beings, we are creatures of habits. But building habits does not happen over-night.
The habits we have today will create our future selves.
So, what is the most important habit that you can develop now, in order to be successful in the future?
Firstly, habits become habits after frequent practise, and this does take some time.
For example; if you start eating a healthy diet, start running daily, and start drinking more water, you will see a definite and positive change in your overall health over time.
To become successful in any part of life there are many habits we can add to our lives.
But one really effective habit that you can easily develop, that will change your life and change your world, is the following one…
I want you to imagine a circle. You can draw it on a piece of paper if you like.
Here is everything you know and have. Your home, your family, the car you drive, your job and income, your possessions, even your core values & beliefs. Everything.
Imagine or draw all of this inside of the circle.
Now, outside of the circle, imagine everything that you’d like to have in your life, but do not have yet.
Maybe it’s a different house, a different car and possessions. Maybe you do other work, live in another country. Maybe it’s a new way of thinking or being. Maybe it’s a completely different lifestyle that you’ve never have before.
Everything outside of the circle should be where you’d like to be. Where you see your self ending up.
Inside the circle is your comfort zone. Your reality.
Everything you have and know, all of your experiences, right now are inside of your comfort zone.
Now, look at what is outside of your comfort zone, everything you aspire to have – why is it there?
Because you put it there! Sometimes that’s hard to swallow, but it’s true.
In order to reach outside of our comfort zone, we have to expand and go outside of it.
This can be difficult because it means stepping into the unknown.
Sometimes it seems impossible to know which way to turn.
Once you do this, however, your comfort zone expands. You are able to reach out and have more.
The trick is to create a habit where you do something new everyday that is uncomfortable. That you don’t know or find easy. This will push you outside of your comfort zone.
It’s really that simple.
The more you do this, the easier it becomes to expand and grow your comfort zone. Things which seemed scary or impossible will dissolve, and the more you do this, the more you will trust it’ll happen the next time.
Think about it; the main thing which holds people back is fear. Fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of success.
But the only way to develop and shift the control fear has on you, is to push yourself and challenge the unknown.
I know it’s hard. I know it’s scary. But that fear, that uncertainty, it’s just your mind protecting you as it’s naturally programmed to do.
And as I said, fear holds most people back – we are conditioned to fear what we don’t know. And it’s hard to break conditioning.
But once I grasped this concept and put it into action, I achieved so much. I changed, grew, developed and my success has increased dramatically.
It’s not an easy process to start but once you do, it snowballs.
Very soon your comfort zone, your reality, expands, grows, develops and changes.
Through this process you are expanding your consciousness.
Albert Einstein said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
So, in order to get to things outside of your comfort zone, you need to start acting differently.
Just ask yourself; what do I really want?
And then you can think of new actions to take in order to get you there.
When you’re constantly pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, guess what else happens? You gain more knowledge, you learn more, you gain new skills, you become more confident, you meet new people, and all this leads to new opportunities.
Instead of avoiding or running from your fears, you are facing them. This breaks down walls and pushes the boundaries of your circle. Your comfort zone. Your reality.
So, do something that scares you. Do something that challenges you. Something that pushes your limits. Something that makes you uncomfortable.
Do this today, tomorrow, and the next day, and your life, your world, really will change forever.