Have you ever tried getting physically stronger?
If you have, you know that the only real way to get stronger is to lift or do things enough times that it exhausts you and you can’t do it anymore.
If you’re lifting weights, you hopefully know that the only way you’ll keep improving is if you lift heavy enough weights enough times that you can’t finish every lift.
When you can. You add a little more weight.
In other words, you’re constantly increasing your challenge to the level where you can almost do it, but not quite.
That’s what builds muscle.
And the same principle will help you improve yourself in all areas of life.
If you want to improve your skills or results, you have to challenge yourself. And when you feel like you’re mastering your challenge, you must increase it.
Having worked as a coach for over a decade now, I can tell you that this is the main thing that separates those who succeed from those who don’t.
The ones who do succeed challenge themselves every day. They don't back away from the things that make them nervous, uncomfortable, or stressed - they seek them out. And when it no longer has this effect on them, they raise the bar or change the task.
Most people I meet don’t challenge themselves nearly as much or as often as they should.
They know they should. They’ll even tell others that they have to. But they, themselves, tend to seek out comfort the majority of their days and pat themselves on the back if they challenge themselves a couple of times a week for a few minutes.
I’m here to tell you that if you want to make significant improvements – that’s not enough.
If you want big results it’s not enough to only challenge yourself once in a while when you feel like it. When you’re motivated. When it’s a Saturday night.
You should seek out challenges wherever you see them. The feeling of nervousness should trigger you to move forward, not to pull back.
The opportunity to grow should be seized when it presents itself, in any area of life.
Because when you create a habit of facing challenges every day - you’ll grow every day. You’ll find it much easier to face the challenges that matter most. And you’ll build the confidence in yourself that you need in order to know that whatever you need to do – you can handle it.
But feel free to take Sundays off ;)
Hi, I'm TJ Guttormsen.
Since 2009 I’ve coached clients ranging from Olympic gold medalists and billionaires, to people who simply want more out life.
I’ve done over 100 national media appearances, published books, and created online courses that have earned several “Highest Rated” titles from their 11 000+ members.
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