Ok, my apologies to the Lord of the Rings crowd, but I couldn’t resist. I can think of no better analogy for my post than between a creature of habit…and a Hobbit.
How many people reading this post are creatures of habit? ‘Fess up – if you really think about it, do you tend to gravitate to the things in your box, rather than things outside your box of comfort? Me, too.
A few weeks ago I was part of a weekend retreat that totally challenged me and my comfort zone. I participated in activities I would never engage in unless there was some serious cash on the line. I saw others, like me, who for that weekend, allowed ourselves to be challenged. Truth be told, although it was hard, I enjoy a good challenge. To not know what is coming around the corner. To live the unexpected. And the after-effects are still within me. It is fun to live a little on the edge.
When was the last time you really challenged yourself? I don’t care if you are super-fit or super-fat. Maybe you’re that guy who does 750 push-ups. Congrats. But have you fallen down THAT hole and only do push-ups? Or do you challenge yourself now on another activity? If you are inactive and recline on the couch to watch TV – what is holding you back from a new activity?
C’mon people! Wake up! When was the last time you took a look at yourself? Are you stuck going through the motions? Need a challenge? Then here are a few words of advice. Just Do It.
At some point in time, we all just got too damn analytical. But in our hearts, we know when it’s the right time to act. And I have to believe, for many of us, it’s simply time to be a Hobbit. You remember Frodo, right? Just a small shadow of a man, basically a boy. But he embarked on an adventure way beyond his expectations. He surrounded himself with friends. When challenged, he stood tall (or as tall as he could be), he did what was right, and he finished the task. Yes, he was tempted. Aren’t we all? But he stood for his friends – and his friends stood for him.
Success never stops. It can be snatched away in a flash. So what are you doing TODAY to ensure success is in your corner?
The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
Take a few moments and look deep inside. What did you do today? Or what will you do tomorrow that will push you to your edge? Will you be satisfied doing the same old routine? Or will you take one small step, one small challenge? That one small change could improve your life. So why over-analyze it? Embrace the challenge within you.