Everyone wishes to live a life of comfort but don’t realize the dangers that come with it. Now I’m not talking about plush living conditions with heat and running water; more like becoming lazy, in work, life, and personal development. You see whenever we grow content we run the risk of losing progress. Just like a weight lifter must consistently work out, we must continuously study, read, and work towards improvement. It’s a never ending cycle that builds upon each and every experience.
The problem with today’s society is that most people die at age 21, they only get buried years later. They have stopped growing and just float with the ebb and flow of life bobbing in the proverbial ocean. They no longer take action instead just react to actions. Instead of taking life into their hands they blame the situation, the economy, and the government. These are the pitfalls of comfort my friend.
So instead of falling into this trap, we must always be looking to the horizon for bigger and better goals. We must continue to improve ourselves, mentally, physically, and fiscally. Steadily building a foundation worthy of a castle big enough to house the most lavish of royalty. We must always be in a state of improvement, yearning to become the best version of ourselves, eager to answer the call of greatness. Unrelenting in attitude and vicious in execution. Moving progressively towards the stars, reaching for all that we deserve and more.
Now, this doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a skill we must hone. A skill that we must nurture and grow, a skill we must protect from intruders foreign and domestic. People will want to stifle this fire out, but we must remain vigilant as we kindle the flames that burn deep inside our soul. The idea that we can become everything we’ve ever dreamed. Well, let me tell you a secret. You are a king or queen in the making; you just haven’t realized it yet.
So before we start this journey, we must understand that it comes with a price. There will be mistakes, there will be failures, and we will be uncomfortable. It comes with the territory, a small price to pay to realize our dreams. Now nothing we start will ever be easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. If it were easy everyone would be healthy, wealthy, and wise. To do great, we must become great, and everyone has to pay the toll, but the only currency accepted is blood, sweat, and tears.
With that being said we have to learn how to channel adversity for personal growth. For example, let’s visit the ocean and take a look at the lobster. The lobster is a soft, squishy creature, but it has a hard, protective shell. The problem is the shell doesn’t expand, but as the lobster grows, it becomes uncomfortable. It’s now starting to outgrow the shell. So it goes under rocks, and it comes out with a bigger, better shell. The lobster does this several times throughout its lifetime as it gets larger and stronger. The mental cue for the lobster is when it becomes uncomfortable. So we must realize that the pain and conflict we face is what makes us better. Without it, we won’t change, and we remain the same.
It’s important to note that a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor and that conflict is what levels us up. So to manifest the life we’ve always imagined, we must be willing to endure.