…of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
As American author Neale Donald Walsch reminds us in today’s quote, change is hard. This simple fact is the reason that – despite employee engagement being at 8 year lows – 1. 3/4ths of employees say it would take a lot for them to leave their current company in today’s cited survey.retention is relatively stable 1. It’s the reason that change management has become an industry onto itself. And it’s also the reason that people struggle with kicking bad habits (and adopting new ones) the world over.
You see, it is easy to plan to step out of one’s comfort zone (in the process creating profound positive changes in one’s life) but actually doing so requires the thoughtful implementation of good habits that make follow through a table stakes requirement of moving through one’s day.
Willpower, you see, is seldom enough to make significant changes to your life for long.
^This realization has been transformative for me because it has changed the way that I approach new challenges. I used to be a big fan of just doing things… but I have come to learn that this approach generally only carries me as far as my first bad day. Because when your willpower runs out or the going gets tough (and it will) what must carry the day is a strong system of success.
…In today’s quote Walsch notes that life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and as someone that has pushed past an awful lot of plateaus lately… I can tell you that the spirit of this quote is very, very true: To grow as human beings – personally and professionally – we simply have to keep doing things we’ve never done before.
With all that said, as we get started this week I am not going encourage you to push yourself or explore something new. Instead, every day this week I would encourage you to change one small thing about your day-to-day life. It can be as simple as waking up ten minutes earlier or having lunch/taking a break in a different place. Do something during this time that you’ve wanted to do for a while but haven’t for whatever reason – remember, it doesn’t have to be big.
At the end of the week examine how that change makes you feel… and if it turns out that it wasn’t too much trouble try and do it again the next week.