In case you didn’t know, I am not a huge movie guy. I don’t have the attention span to watch a lot of movies, plus I would rather be thinking about other things, like my family or business or my team. Recently, I watched “The Greatest Showman,” a film about the famous P.T. Barnum. After the movie, a quote from P.T. Barnum lingered on my mind, “Comfort is the enemy of progress.” On this episode, I want to take a few minutes to talk about what makes ME uncomfortable, where I have exchanged progress for comfort and encourage you to get comfortable...with being uncomfortable!
Are you working because you enjoy the challenge and the process, or are you working for comfort? Comfort is not inherently bad, but it can lead to laziness, or “letting off the gas” once you get a little momentum. There have been a few times when I had 2-3 contracts moving forward, which made me feel successful, so I eased off on the marketing and the chase for a bit. Guess what happened? After those contracts closed, I had to scramble to find more clients. I got comfortable and it came back to bite me!
After that quote simmered in my brain for a bit, I had to ask myself, “Neil, where are you choosing comfort?” The answer: calling my sphere of influence. I email my sphere, post on social media and send them newsletters monthly, but I rarely call them...because it makes me uncomfortable. The reality is, these are already people I know, like and trust, so it should be easy to connect with them! If you struggle with this as well, I would encourage you to step into the uncomfortable thing...the fruit from that action will pay off 10x. For some advice on what to say to your sphere when you have nothing to say, check out Episode 134!
I found a second piece of inspiration this week that I wanted to share. This is not a movie quote, but something I saw on LinkedIn. Try adopting the mindset of “I get to” instead of “I have to.” The effects are powerful! Your boss asks you to stay late...typically you think “I have to stay late.” Try this instead: “I get to be trusted by my boss in a time of pressure, for an important project.” With that in mind, what do you get to do today? I hope this subtle shift will help refocus and re-energize you!
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