Is it time for you to get off the couch?
The couch is a comfortable place to be. So is staying the same. It’s comfortable. It’s easy. It doesn’t take any work. Who doesn’t want that?
Let’s be honest. Being comfortable is nice isn’t it? But deep down, there is a little voice that often gets squashed that tells us there is something more. It perks up every once in awhile to tell us that there is more to life than being comfortable. It tells us that we can achieve more, do more, and be more. It tells us that we aren’t done growing yet and that it’s worth it.
Sometimes we listen to that voice for awhile. Sometimes we get up, get moving and begin to make changes. But, making changes is tough! And when it gets tough, the couch looks so much more inviting doesn’t it?
Where are you at?
Most of us will say that we want to grow and change. Most of us have goals that we want to achieve. Most of us would like to be different in some way. So, why is it so hard?
Did you know that part of our brain is wired to keep us comfortable? It wants to keep us safe. Change feels uncomfortable and so, that part of the brain will work hard to keep things the same. But, that’s only one part of our brain! There are other parts of our brain that want to grow and develop. Those parts will motivate us to take steps toward growth and accomplishing goals.
Now, that’s a very simplistic explanation of what is going on in our brains! But, the truth is, that there is definitely a battle that is going on inside of us. Knowing this, we can ask ourselves which part of our brain to listen to.
There are many verses in Proverbs that speak about being lazy or being a “sluggard.” Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.”
Let’s face it, when we choose to be comfortable, we are being lazy. It may be that we are physically lazy, intellectually lazy or spiritually lazy. We may say that we want things to be different, or that we want our life to be different, but that’s all it is. We may crave it, like the verse says, but we won’t get anything from the craving. On the other hand, when we diligently work toward something, we will grow!
Remember, if you want your life to be different, you have to live your life differently.
Over the last ten weeks, we’ve taken a look at several things that keep us stuck. We’ve looked at comparison, greed, fear, obstacles, having a scarcity mentality, perfectionism, people pleasing, control, busyness and lastly wanting to be comfortable.
What areas are the key areas that have kept you stuck? What are you willing to do or change in order to keep yourself moving forward toward your goals and continuing to grow and develop? When it comes down to it, staying comfortable is the passive and easy way to go. If we can avoid the discomfort of facing fear or having to look closely at our own lives and making changes or having to give up the patterned behaviors we’ve grown accustomed to, it’s definitely the easy way out.
In order to grow and make changes, we have to accept that things won’t feel comfortable. We need to make the choice that the discomfort we will face from making changes is better than the comfort of staying the same. Are you ready to make this choice?
A great example is exercise. When we exercise, our muscles will be sore and uncomfortable from the exertion we put on them, but, in turn they grow and become stronger. The same thing is true with other types of growth. When we step outside of our comfort zone and push ourselves to grow and develop in different ways, we may face different struggles and obstacles, but in the end, we grow and get stronger. Growth doesn’t happen on the couch, it happens when we step outside of our comfort zone!
Let’s get off the couch together and become more and more who God created us to be! Let’s be courageous and face the difficulties so that we can grow and develop instead of staying stuck. Are you with me? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you are overcoming the things that keep you stuck and how you have been growing.