Monday Morning Motivation:
Are You Built For Greatness? 

Hola all! Happy Monday! Who’s ready to get the work week started?

I came across this cool graphic on LinkedIn the other day. I read it, shared it on my Facebook and then took a moment to really think about it.

I mean REALLY think about it.

How many of us are equipped to  be great? How many of us are willing to go the extra mile, to put in the work, to be consistent and to suffer defeat, sometimes time and again, in the pursuit of something great?

Not many, which is why this graphic from whoischick.com, was so telling. As humans, we are creatures of habit and dammit, we want to be comfortable.

But that’s not where real growth happens. Let me give you an example.

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A few weeks ago, I decided to get serious about my physical fitness. The travel with Sweet Retreats, eating on the road, parties and so forth were beginning to take their toll on this 51-something-year-old’s waistline. But it wasn’t just my clothes size that was on the way up; my blood pressure was too. I needed to make a real and substantive change and I needed to do it fast.

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Now I have been going to the gym for years; I was raised an athlete and I know what it takes to have success on the playing field.

But somewhere along the way, I got complacent and comfortable. My body changed, my scheduled changed and the only change I made in my routine was the decrease the frequency and intensity with which I was working out.

Um.. yeah that’s not going to work.

Working with a trainer I made a few adjustments in my diet and the intensity of my workouts.

In order for me to change my body I was going to have to move outside of my comfort zone.

WAY outside.

That meant no leisurely climbs on the stair master for 30 minutes while watching a movie and more than 20 minutes of the same weightlifting exercises. I switched it up and have been able to see a real difference pretty quickly.

In short, I moved outside of my comfort zone.

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There are several parallels between my exercise experience and entrepreneurship, which brings me back to the 2% graphic.

Doing the same thing, at the same time, with the same intensity is not going to yield a different result.

No one ever got to greatness without taking a chance and you don’t take chances from inside the circle of comfort. You have to move outside, learn something different, try something new, experience failure, rinse and repeat.

I’m not going to reshape my body, career or life by doing the same thing. Neither will you.

So the challenge this Monday morning to do take a step outside your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be big at first; just ease your way out. I promise you the next time it won’t be as tough.  And who knows, like me and the training, you might ultimately enjoy it! So what about you?

Do you routinely step outside your comfort zone? Do you have what it takes to be great? If not, what’s holding you back?