Mindset… The average person more or less shuns risk and the unknown. We fear the judgment of others. Failure and rejection are to be avoided whenever possible. Some people avoid them at all costs!
As children we explored and played and let our curious nature lead us where it may. A fear-based mindset hadn’t yet taken hold and ingrained itself. But as we ‘mature’ we slowly start to play it safe, holding ourselves back, and thereby putting a limit on the expression of our personality. This dampens our unique perspectives and overall potential.
Psychologists define a comfort zone as an artificial mental boundary (key word here being ‘artificial’). A comfort zone is a circumstance, situation, or environment in which one feels at ease, safe, empowered, and relaxed. It could essentially be viewed as familiar territory to an individual, whether that be habits or surroundings that conform to the expectations of the individual’s neurological system.
We all like being comfortable and all but the most masochistic folks would agree it is extremely damaging – mentally and physically – to bombard oneself with constant stress over prolonged periods.
We all need familiarity, stability, and routine in our lives. But too much comfort can breed laziness, zap our drive, and leave us lacking something.
But at what point does comfort and familiarity go from being healthy and normal to being a limitation on our development?
A life lacking in growth and challenge is fun for a while – such as while you are on holiday – but we are not designed for such sedentary lifestyles. Too much contentment does to our mental state what atrophy does to an unused muscle. It weakens it to the point of being unable to function as it was meant to.
Too much comfort kills productivity as we often find ourselves doing the minimum to get by. This leads to regret and missed opportunities. In this state of ‘contentment’ it is a challenge to be highly productive and make a real improvement .
Fortunately there is a little self-improvement secret about pushing your limits that often goes unmentioned: the more you do it, the easier it becomes to face the unknown. Practice increases competence, and eventually challenging yourself and facing your fears can be extremely liberating and even habit forming!
The self-esteem boost that one acquires from taking some part of their life or skillset to the next level is euphoria inducing and leads to happiness and overall feelings of well-being.
But it takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone – so although it sounds like a good thing to do, how should I go about doing it?
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Is the financial plan of mediocrity — a dream-stealing, soul-sucking dogma known as “The Slow Lane” your plan for creating wealth? You know how it goes; it sounds a lil something like this:
“Go to school, get a good job, save 10% of your paycheck, buy a used car, cancel the movie channels, quit drinking expensive Starbucks mocha lattes, save and penny-pinch your life away, trust your life-savings to the stock market, and one day, when you are oh, say, 65 years old, you can retire rich.”
The mainstream financial gurus have sold you blindly down the river to a great financial gamble: You’ve been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by recklessly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. This impotent financial gamble dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair sacrifice your adult life for a financial plan that reaps dividends in the twilight of life.
Accept the Slow lane as your blueprint for wealth and your financial future will blow carelessly asunder on a sailboat of HOPE: HOPE you can find a job and keep it, HOPE the stock market doesn’t tank, HOPE the economy rebounds, HOPE, HOPE, and HOPE. Do you really want HOPE to be the centerpiece for your family’s financial plan?
Drive the Slow Lane road and you will find your life deteriorate into a miserable exhibition about what you cannot do, versus what you can. For those who don’t want a lifetime subscription to “settle-for-less” and a slight chance of elderly riches, there is an alternative; an expressway to extraordinary wealth that can burn a trail to financial independence faster than any road out there.
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