Comfort and Discipline. Change your approach, change your future.
When you think about your life and what’s to come, how often do you consider what’s near vs what’s weeks, months, or years ahead? Many of us were taught to develop 5-year and 10-year plans, but how intentional are you about the execution? I don’t mean the vision board at the beginning of each year or the monthly “I’m going to start on the first.” I mean the day-to-day choice you’re faced with, the choice between Comfort and Discipline. This blog post will explore the eternal struggle and how marrying the two can lead to personal growth and fulfillment.
The Comfort Zone
“The comfort zone is beautiful, but nothing ever grows there.” If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ve seen this quote thousands of times. It’s a mantra that I long to live by. How often have you said, “I’m going to start on Monday,” and then Monday comes, and you put it off for the next day because you didn’t wake up on time or had a rough day at work? Then, before you know it, it’s Monday again, and you fall into the same cycle for another week. If I made a good guess, it’s because you were faced with choosing between comfort and discipline, and chose comfort EVERY TIME. Look, friend, I get it. One thing about me and my Taurus moon? I’m going to prioritize rest. However, if I’m only looking out for my present self, I’ll never be disciplined enough to make it to my future self.
The Importance of Discipline
Now discipline, on the other hand, is that girl. She’s the driving force behind progress and personal development. It pushes us out of our comfort zone, motivates us to set goals, and makes us work hard towards achieving them. Discipline involves effort and consistency. It is the catalyst for self-improvement, skill acquisition, and success.
Discipline as an Act of Self-Care
Now, I’m not saying you must stay in Hustle mode, by no means. However, living in our comfort for too long can harm our personal growth. Just like living in constant busyness can cause burnout. All I’m saying is that there needs to be a clear balance between the two.
Balancing Comfort and Discipline
Creating a balance between comfort and discipline is the key to personal growth and a fulfilling life. Here are some tips I use to help:
- Set Goals and create a Routine around them: Identify your aspirations and set specific, achievable goals that require you to step out of your comfort zone. Build a realistic daily routine that combines self-care and comfort with an equal amount of discipline and hard work.
- Seek Support: Surround yourself with people who hold you accountable and encourage discipline. You need people around you who want to see you grow.
- Reflect and Adjust: Regularly assess your progress and adjust to maintain balance and structure.
All in All, I’m a firm believer in the notion: “Your confidence is directly related to your discipline.” If you fall into self-deprecation, feeling lost or stagnant, I encourage you to look at the decisions you’ve been making. Are you constantly choosing comfort, or is the future more important than the present you? Take my advice and prioritize your future self a bit more. Take calculated risks, create the perfect balance between comfort and discipline, and watch yourself evolve into the best version of you.