I just watched a short clip from Brendon Burchard on the three different types of life that people live and I decided I am way too comfortable and you might be too. I’ve never really clicked with this guy. I guess I saw him as a Tony Robbins wannabe but this guy is really making a difference. How do I know? A tear came to my eye as I thought about breaking out of the cages in my life and helping others do the same.
On one end of the spectrum is the caged life. This a life caged by the past, the expectations of others, and anything else that keeps you in a cage. Like an animal that is thrown into a zoo, at first, the animal becomes resistant and tries to get out but eventually the animal resigns to its confinement and these people start saying things like, ‘those lucky, successful people, no one understands me’.
Then there is the comfortable life. This happens after something new comes into your life and you decide you are going to step up and break out of the cage-so you do! You break out and you have most of what you want and maybe a little bit more. You know, the kids, the two car garage, the white picket fence, and a few dinner parties. When this happens you feel quite comfortable where you are at right now. When people ask you how you are doing, you respond with ‘fine’ but it really isn’t fine. You know there is something more out there yet you have succumbed to the comfortable life.
There is another option and it is called the charged life! It is the life that is full of energy and passion and where you really come alive. Someone once said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs is people like you who have become alive!” Are you living an alive life?
The charged life comes when you live your edge. The charged life comes when you are pursuing greater things and living right at the edge of your comfort zone. Overwhelm happens when you go outside of your comfort zone too much. That is not what he is talking about. Like when I take a yellow belt and put them in with a black belt class. This student wants to quit. The charged life is when you are accepting and meeting challenge head on.
Our problem is that we think we aren’t supposed to have problems but problems are a sign of life. They are a sign that we are alive and well and living in the realm of the human. When you have NO problems then you will be dead.
I asked my barber the other day why people have so much drama in relationships and her answer was the best, ‘humans will always have drama.’ I agree. It is a part of life. Get used to it.
Take on a challenge. Challenge yourself today. Say yes to stepping outside of your comfort zone and push yourself to take on or do something that is not within your daily routine.
Here is to living a charged life!
To black belt and beyond!