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Your Comfort Zone Is Holding You Back
It’s a rainy day in Georgia. I was having a conversation with someone and it was a little heated. It was a consult and the first time it ever happened. He was stuck in his comfort zone.
There’s this person that has a great life. That’s the problem. I know you are wondering what’s wrong with having a great life. Their life is so great that they will never aspire to anything else.
When I say great, I mean everything is taken care of for them. They receive money from one of the parents. Essentially, they are never going to bust it, which means they are never going to do something significant, radically different, astounding or awe-inspiring because they don’t have to.
If you’ve watched the channel for a while, you realize that at one point I was homeless and going through some stuff. I had reached a point where I had to do something.
I had to bust out of my comfort zone. I had to create new energy for myself.
Essentially, if you aren’t faced with a crisis. Most people are not going to change. Some of my best students from the Hustler mindset and consulting were people that had their backs against the wall. I mean some of the stories I have heard, I go over them to inspire myself.
To put it bluntly, for many of you, you will need a personal crisis to push you in a new direction. That’s a conclusion I came to about two years ago. The conversation with my consult client I discussed above just confirmed it.
When I was in the storage auction business, I had a lot of things go wrong. There’s a whole bunch of things I don’t really talk about because they’re embarrassing. They were fucked up.
One time, I bought a unit that had metal cages for chickens and other livestock. I didn’t know. It had this crazy ass smell, but I bought it anyway. This unit came with six other units that were equally foul. Once I got this stuff I wondered what the hell I was going to do.
It was crazy. I had to clean out the units or Public Storage would ban my ass in a heartbeat.
What did I do? I went out and bought more units. I got a jackpot unit that gave me the income to help pay to get someone else to clean out those units.
That’s really a small thing. You’ve got people out there facing cancer. You’ve got people facing unemployment.
When I was living in a boarding house with crack heads, insane stuff was going on. After hitting the bottom, I came up with some of the most innovative tactics, strategies and schemes. I was in the position of either sinking or swimming – I couldn’t drown in my comfort zone.
There was no thinking that if this doesn’t work I can fall back on the wife. I couldn’t rely on an inheritance.
I’m going to tell you what happens when you are put in this situation. All of the distractions are eliminated. Right now, you have a ton of distractions. You think you can’t get the life you want because of the economy. No. You have a lot of distractions that are holding you back.
When I didn’t watch TV for two years, it wasn’t because I didn’t want to watch TV. I was too poor to afford a TV and cable. I didn’t have it.
During that two-year period, I did more writing, more reading and more educational stuff for grooming the G-verse. I was forced to use my time in a constructive manner. I went on the internet and taught myself stuff.
Once those distractions are gone, you can do amazing things. Once you break out of the comfort zone you’ve created for yourself you can do incredible stuff.
For some people, they don’t have to create those circumstances, because they exist. Other people are going to have to create drama in their life to move to the next level.
I will give you an example of how to create drama in your life. When I wrote my first book, I did a Jedi mind trick on myself. I actually acted like I was broke as shit. This was the deal. I had money. When we closed down the business and sold stuff, I had six figures in the bank.
Knowing what I know about the human condition and how comfort will hurt your chance for success, I did this. I put myself on a regiment. I told myself I had to write a certain number of words per day. I limited myself to going out once a week and to one drink at my favorite bar. That was it. Because I had to make that book happen.
I treated my project like my life would be over if I didn’t get the book done.
I know for many of you, that sounds crazy.
If I had sat back and told myself… “I’ve got time. I’ve got money,” that book would have never been completed.
So, what I am telling you is that if you don’ have a personal situation that is extreme, create it.
Back to the consult we were talking about. This is probably the craziest advice I have ever given in a consult. This person is young. I told him to quit his job. This is when the yelling started. The fear came out.
Long story, short – his dad owned the business that he worked in. His Dad is a millionaire. When Dad dies, he gets everything. When I say everything, I mean about $10 million.
He has no drive whatsoever to do anything significant because he doesn’t have to.
I told him… “You will be worthless because you have no other purpose if you don’t do anything in life.” His Dad is like 85.
I told him…”Take $5K and go to a new city and see what you can do.”
Here’s the thing. I know I can survive some bullshit. I was homeless. I lived in a house with crack heads. Am I going to go out there and do that shit again? No. I don’t need to do it again
But just that memory alone of what can happen to me if I allow myself to fall asleep at the wheel is enough to keep a fire burning under my tender hind parts every day.
Sometimes I have to remind myself to take days off because I know what it is like to be 100% ass out.
Remove the distractions and create a personal emergency in your life to move to the next level.
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