In your life, you would always have to make a choice between "comfort" and "gain." You could either stick to what feels good to you, or you could go for what would benefit you. Unfortunately, you can't have both comfort and profit. You either stay comfortable or you go for the gold.
Being "fat, sick, and nearly dead" (which was a title of a documentary) is actually quite comfortable. That's why we have millions in the U.S. whose conditions fit this description. That's why healthcare in this country is so profitable. Many people are comfortable in their bad state of health. No, they aren't happy about it, but they sure are comfortable with it. Their condition is all they know. Taking drugs works for them. Shopping in a motorized shopping cart, taking the escalator and elevator, holding up traffic to park at the closest spot, and eating whatever they want is down right comfortable. We don't stay in conditions that make us uncomfortable. This is why millions are very unhealthy and why you only see a few people jogging outside.
In fact, from years of observation, I've noticed that adults would do all that they can just to avoid exercising. They would take weight-loss supplements, weight-loss pills, get surgery, and they would even change their diet to make it as healthy as possible. They would read all the diet books they could get their hands on so that they could avoid exercise. Some of them may even dare to go to an exercise class, but they would do the bare minimum -- this is not opinion, this is from pure observation. But all of these changes eventually becomes too uncomfortable and they would just revert back to what is comfortable.
In other areas of life, we become comfortable in the wrong things.
We are comfortable NOT because we like our situation, but because the attempts to leave our situation is uncomfortable. That is to say, CHANGE is so uncomfortable that we would much rather stay in a bad situation just so that we won't have to make changes to our lives.
Let me tell you something. Getting up EARLY in the morning is down right uncomfortable for me. I'm fortunate enough to be self-employed and to make my own hours, but I'm also not in a favorable position. There are other things I want to accomplish in my life and I could very well make those accomplishments, BUT...there is this issue of comfort. I tend to stay up late and get up late, and I could get away with it. My kids are homeschooled. My wife doesn't work. All of us could stay up as late as we want. We don't have to be anywhere in the morning. BUT...when I stay up late, all I do is entertain myself with YouTube and movies. I could do this for several hours before I decide to go bed. What other things could I be doing with my life besides entertaining myself? But it's soooo hard to make myself go to bed early and wake up early!!! So, while I don't like that I'm not living up to my full potential, I much rather stay where I'm comfortable.
The reason we stay with what we're comfortable with is because we don't realize how big the gains are. We focus so much on what we're losing instead of focusing on what we're getting. We don't realize how big the gains are because we don't see the gains right away. We're willing to make some sacrifices up to a certain point, but if we don't see any gains soon, then we'll revert back to what's comfortable.
Whenever somebody tells me that they've done everything but still aren't seeing any gains, part of me wants to say, "You're not doing enough!" And...well...it's true. They aren't doing enough. They are doing the work, yes. They are exercising, yes, They are eating healthier, yes. But these things are just for maintenance. If they want to see GAINS or RESULTS, then they need to up their game. If they want to look muscular, then they need to work that body as if they want those muscles to bulge out! They need to copy exactly how I do an exercise move. They need to increase their work-out weights. Or in other words, they need to stop being comfortable and start doing something that makes them uncomfortable. They need to strongly visualize the gains and stop focusing on what they're losing out on.
Two people at church have ADMITTEDLY told me that they have back pain issues due to their weight. They have a problem and they KNOW what causes that problem. Both people are still very much overweight. Why? Because they're more comfortable in their pain than they are in change. They don't like having pain. One of them told me that he took about 800 mg of ibuprofen a day! The other one indicated to me that his pain is making him miserable. Instead of exercising and losing that weight, he much rather use his health insurance to get physical therapy, which would only take him so far. Eventually, he would need to lose that weight and strengthen his back if he wants to see some GAINS.
Comfort could be deadly. It could cause divorce, poverty, sickness, and death. We stay in our comforts now because we truly don't see the magnitude of the gains that we could get once we make changes. We also don't see any immediate consequences of our comforts. We eat, drink, and get merry now because it's what we feel most comfortable in. All that eating and drinking makes us fat, drunk, and miserable, but changing our habits and hitting the weights is very uncomfortable. A crack addict hates his life, but the idea of giving up that crack is downright dreadful to him.
Isn't it something how we don't mind drinking poison knowing well that it's poison, but we get anxious about quitting that poison? We don't realize how powerful of a life we could have by not drinking that poison, but that poison is all we know, so we'll keep drinking it even if it means being miserable for the rest of our lives.
It's time to realize the magnitude of the gains of CHANGE so that we could leave a miserable life for a fulfilling life. The poison that you drink would eventually take you down. You don't see it yet, but it will come and you would have to pay a huge price for it. Visualize the gains from change, and visualize it every, single day so you could always focus on those gains.
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