Escaping the “Comfort Zone”

Posted J. Miller III Deep Thoughts, Goals, Stuff You Need To Know

Comfort is something we all seek.  It’s natural.  Honestly, for all the memes about leaving your comfort zone and the sayings on how good things are outside the comfort zone you’d think they’d find a way to make it more comfortable.

I was talking to an athlete this week about a competition I was in recently and said “I don’t compete to compete, I do it for an excuse to go to the gym”, and they responded “you need an excuse to go to the gym?”.  It hit me then that it’s not just that I need an excuse to go to the gym, I need something, or someone, to push me out of my comfort zone.

You see, even as a coach, I’ve realized I need a coach.  I need someone to make me do the things that I don’t want to do to achieve the things I do want.  I need someone to push me out of my comfort zone.  We all do.

I do have a coach, I’ve actually had a few in recent years.  Business coaches.  It was one of my business coaches who said “if it was just about information, we’d all be millionaires with six packs”.

We live in the information age, anything you want to know is there for you.  We also have comfort zones, and usually the things we want are outside of those comfort zones.  Coaches are there to literally push you out of those.  Get you to do the things you probably already know you need to do.  The things that you probably don’t want to do (insert running, lifting, gymnastics, eating right, or whatever it is standing between you and your goals here).  The things you tell yourself you’ll do… tomorrow, or next week, or when things settle down a little at work or at home….

A coach can say “you want this? Then you need to do this, by next week.”  And there it is, either do it or come to your coach and tell them why you couldn’t.

As a CrossFit coach I frequently struggle because there is no one there telling me “Hey John, haven’t seen you working out much lately… how’s that 250lb snatch coming along?”  And believe it or not, there are things I don’t want to do… mobility for instance.  I don’t have someone saying “geez John, those hips are looking a little tight, why don’t you take a few minutes and stretch them out?”.

I hear it daily, “I’ll just do it on my own”, and honestly I usually feel sad, because I know they will, tomorrow, or next week, or when things calm down at work.  Problem is, tomorrow is always a day away and things never calm down at work.  If they did, you’d probably be finding a new place to work…

So if you have a coach pushing you out of that comfort zone and closer to your goals, give them a little love.  And if you don’t, get one.

Husband, father, son, brother, coach, athlete, teacher, student. Trying to get better everyday.

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