The Navy always has a saying “Semper Gumby” meaning always flexible.
Now, anytime that phrase is utilized, you usually get 1 of 2 people:
Whats the difference?
The willingness and ability to get out of your comfort zone.
You see, being flexible requires you to stretch:
As I recall all of the growth moments in my life, they usually came after moments of being stretched. Here is the great thing about going through a stretch period in life, Once you are stretched, you never return to the original state you were prior to the event.
This is do to the increase in awareness that comes with getting out of your comfort zone.
Many people don’t know this about me, but I use to be a competitive body builder and I used to hate stretching… it was painful. In fact, I neglected stretching for about 3 years and the repercussions were detrimental to my strength and progression. In fact, it ultimately led to multiple injuries.
So what caused stretching to be so painful…TENSION.
In life the tension between where we are and where we desire to be requires us to stretch…there has to be tension.
You maybe going through a phase in life right now that requires you to stretch, to get out of your current level of comfort and I get it, it's hard to leave what’s familiar, even if it is not serving you.
But here is what I know about tension:
“If you aren’t going to be better tomorrow than you are today…what’s the point of tomorrow?”
I will leave you with these reflective questions:
Use your discontent to your advantage when pursuing your desired outcome by making the pain of staying the same greater than that of the change required.
Before You Go,
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