There’s a famous quote that goes, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” And it’s famous because it’s true. If you continue living your life in your special bubble, then you’re not actually living life like it’s meant to be lived.
Sure, you’re comfortable, but you’re just going through life’s motions. You’re not doing anything special. Worst of all, you’re not doing anything to accomplish your goals and dreams in life (and don’t lie, we all have dreams).
Normally, our dreams should excite us, they should breathe new life into our existence. If your dream is big enough, and desire it badly enough, then it will take you far away from your comfort zone. It will take you to uncomfortable and unknown places. Maybe you’ll be scared at first, and that’s okay; as you can be sure of making progress. In comfort zone; there is no progress!
It’s normal to be scared of the unknown. But sooner or later, the unknown will become known, and you’ll find there are lots of new things, new ideas, and new adventures waiting for you behind your comfort zone. It sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? However, it’s okay to hide in our comfort zones for short periods of time. We all need breaks too. However, if you stay too long in your comfort zone, then it drains the life out of you, and you start living a monotonous life.
Dreams aren’t meant to be stuffed inside comfort zones. They are meant to be chased, they are meant to be accomplished, they are meant to excite you, so you can live a more interesting life!
How To Find Your Own Path To Success
We all have different paths toward success. For some, their paths may be paved. For others, they may need to walk on mud and rocks just to get to their destination. The point is that no two paths are the same.
Even if you share the same dream with another person, your paths will still be determined by the collective sum of your experiences, your skills, your talents, and so many other factors.
So, how do you find your own path to success?
Well, the first thing you need to do is to define your goals. And when defining your goals, you can’t just say, ‘you want to become a successful businessperson by the time you turn 30.’
What kind of business are you going to have? How would you know you’ve achieved success?
Setting goals are more than just saying a random string of words. If you want a visible path to success, you’re going to have to make sure your goals meet the SMART criteria. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound.
If your goal isn’t SMART, then you need to go back to the drawing board. You need to have the right plan in place, so you don’t waste time chasing about random goals that are not going to bring you any closer to your dreams. You’ll be wasting a huge chunk of your time if you don’t invest the time necessary to craft and define a SMART goal.
When you’ve got your SMART goal in place, it will be much easier for you to come up with a plan of action. You can have milestones in place. You can break it down further into daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and so on.
Make sure you track and record your performance. It’s important you know exactly where you’re at and how far you’ve got to go until you reach the finish line. You may feel like your progress is slow, but that’s perfectly alright. Progress is progress after all.
However, if you’re stagnating and you’re not moving forward, then you need to reassess and recalibrate your goals to make sure you’re still following the right path.