I was sitting in church yesterday when I heard a comment that, I’m sure, made one of those little light bulbs pop off over my head. Here it is: The most important comparison you can recognize in your life is the difference between what you can do and what you will do.
As humans we are capable—we can do—so much more than we ever accomplish. We are magnificently designed creatures of infinite capability. Think about it…we’ve walked on the moon AND we think the Three Stooges are funny! Well…ok…at least most of us guys do.
But, the limiting factor is what we will do; what we are willing to step out of our comfort zones and try? And I can tell you from personal experience that trying to step out of your comfort zone is a killer. Depending on the importance (and you may not consciously realize how important) of a habit or style of life or physical need your environment, family and friends, mind and body will seem to conspire to keep you in that comfort zone. You’ll find all kinds of obstacles in your way, people you love will tell you that you are crazy, your mind and body may do everything from shoot your blood pressure sky-high to convince you that you are having a heart attack….just to keep you in that comfort zone.
Your willingness to step out of the comfort zone into the new is going to determine what type of life you have. And sometimes the pain, or the risk of the pain, just isn’t worth it.
Voltaire said, “The good is the enemy of the great.” That’s one of those wonderful quotes that sounds good when you read it or say it to an audience. And the truth is that in many cases you can get from good to great. Just realize that saying it and doing it are two totally different things.
Look around your life. What will you do to have a more Perfect Workday and a better life?