Escape your Comfort Zone

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”

- Tony Robbins

The Comfort Zone is Stunting your Growth

Life is full of changes, both big and small, and we all go through a whirlwind of emotions as we navigate them.

I wanted to share with you the emotional cycle of change, a journey we've all been on at some point in our lives, and offer some insights on how to make it through the tough times.

Success and failure are both on the same path, one just happens sooner…

I’ve quit too many things the last few years. Always reverting to my old ways after I quit.

Little did I know I became a stagnant person experiencing zero to little growth, always looking for the next best thing…

Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side, thinking that success can happen overnight.

Well, life is tough and I figured that out real quick.

I also understood that we just have to be tougher.

The Emotional Cycle of Change: 5 Stages

Stage 1: Uninformed Optimism This stage is filled with extreme optimism due to lack of knowledge of the challenges ahead. In this stage, make sure to list the benefits of what you hope to achieve. So when the going gets tough, you can remember why started.

Stage 2: Informed Pessimism As the journey progresses, negativity starts to creep in. You see the challenges and the costs more clearly. Frustration and self-doubt become your companions. This is the phase where you start questioning the benefits and your abilities. But remember, this is a natural part of the process.

Stage 3: The Valley of Despair Ah, the valley of despair, the lowest point in the change cycle. Here, the benefits seem distant and unimportant. It's tempting to quit and return to the comfort of the old ways. This is where most people throw in the towel. The good news is, it's only upward from here.

Stage 4: Informed Optimism With persistence and effort, you start to see the road ahead more clearly. You become more optimistic. You're getting better at what you're doing, and success seems within reach. The benefits begin to outweigh the costs, and you start believing in yourself again. Light at the end of the tunnel.

Stage 5: Success and Fulfillment At last, the cost of change is seen as worth it. You've crossed the finish line. Actions that were once difficult are now routine. You feel gratitude for pushing through, and the journey becomes a source of fulfillment.

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Remember, we all want to leap from Stage 1 to Stage 5, but we can't skip the process. The most crucial thing you can do in Stages 2 and 3 is to take action every day, regardless of how you feel.

Consistency is key. It's not about waiting to be motivated; it's about taking action consistently, even on the toughest days.

As Tony Robbins wisely says, "Progress equals happiness."

So, if you're currently in the midst of change, hang in there. Embrace the rollercoaster of emotions, and remember that each stage is a necessary part of your journey.

Keep moving forward, and you'll eventually reach the summit of success and fulfillment.

The Assignment

For this week, I ask you all to write down the benefits of your goals (or whichever change you’re trying to implement)

Reply to me with a 👍️if you’ll be participating in this assignment and if comfortable, don’t be afraid to send me your progress during the week!

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