Taking your Swing
Learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable is one of the keys to success. So the question is what is holding you back? Why not move forward and achieve new levels of success. Many years ago the principles in the Financial Fitness Program changed the way I view discomfort and failure. The following is a small excerpt from my new book “Swing.”
I hope you enjoy this principle and grab your own copy of “Swing” and start changing your life today.
It is time to step out of your comfort zone and take your SWING!
GIVING IN TO FEAR IS WORSE THAN FAILURE. COURAGEOUS ACTION IS VITAL FOR SUCCESS.
(Allowing fear to run our lives nearly always brings more and more fear. Trying and failing at least teaches us important lessons that help us learn how to do better.)
Failure is just failure; after all, it’s not the end of the world. Everyone fails. And failure teaches us a lot of important lessons, if we’re willing to learn from it. All truly successful people—in all walks of life—have failed and learned, and then kept trying. This is part of success. A key part. Just look at the string of failures put together by people like Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Albert Einstein, all before they did truly great things.
Churchill said that “Success consists of going from failure to failure without
loss of enthusiasm.” Allowing fear to run our lives is much worse than failure, because it guarantees that we won’t succeed. Letting fear control us shuts down enthusiasm, and it blocks our progress. That’s the bottom of the barrel.
Again, courage is the foundation of all success. And true success is found outside of your current reality, beyond your comfort zone.
But here is the real question: Are you really comfortable in your comfort zone, or is your current place in life just familiar? For example, it would have been very easy for me to keep being a mechanic, staying in a safe place working for family and just barely getting by.
Getting stuck in one’s comfort zone is probably the number one reason people do not get as far in life as they want to and could. Yes, I should have taken a swing at those pitches. And I should have heeded the advice to “man up” and gone alone to my college orientation. These would have pushed me beyond my comfort zone, to be sure, but they would have been better than what I did.
Of course, this is easier said than done. It’s one thing to know that we need courage to live our dreams, but it’s another thing entirely to muster one’s courage and take action—even when we’re scared, overwhelmed, and feel alone.
I knew I needed more courage—knew it for many years. I wanted to have more courage. I wished I had more courage. But wishing isn’t the same as doing or having. My voices of inner doubt and fear kept telling me that I just didn’t have much courage, and I listened to them.
- Except from “Swing: Finding the Courage to Become”