Seems pretty obvious, right? This simple, modern saying is wisdom that should resonate and be obvious to us all, yet we don’t always recognize it. Why? Because human nature naturally wants and easier path or answer to a problem. Change requires hard work, unpredictability and unknowns and we just don’t like it. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll get this analogy. When it comes to change, we often go into Kreacher mode. In the Harry Potter stories, Kreacher doesn’t want to deviate from is path and responds simply with, “Kreacher won’t.”
So let’s take this adage and see how broadly it can apply to nearly every aspect of our lives. Whether its weight loss, any kind of addiction, overspending, unhealthy personal relationships or toxic work environments, we often opt for the path of least resistance and stay in the situation that we are used to. We’ve talked about how our comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. You can read about it here. We will choose to stay where we are because we feel comfortable there, because even if it sucks, it’s known to us.
But if nothing changes, then nothing changes. And you’re stuck right where you are, month after month, year after year. When it comes to making any kind of change in your life, it basically boils down to this:
You have to be committed to the change you want to make and the life you want to live, MORE than you are to your comfort zone.
It’s very simple to say, yet so hard to execute. It usually takes something terrible happening, like a major health scare or intense pain to make us less comfortable in our comfort zones. It’s typically what we need to become less committed to our comfort zones. But here’s the thing: Change is scary. Growth is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying in a situation where we really don’t belong. If you choose to make the changes you need to make, there will be struggles and challenges, no doubt. But that’s all apart of growing and transforming your life.
So let me ask you…What really needs to change in our life? What’s been holding you back? Are you ready to start living instead of just existing?