The Powerful Link Between Comfort and Results
A few weeks ago, a fellow reader asked me a very profound question. He wanted to know one thing:
What drives me?
Without hesitation, I knew the answer. And I’m willing to bet that it’s the exact same thing that drives you.
Results drive us. They motivate us. They push us to keep going even when we have the least bit of desire to.
It’s human nature at its finest. People are wired to be driven by results. It’s inside of us. We want results. Badly. We crave them. And we get anxious and frustrated when we don’t get them, and get them quickly.
Results mean success. And we all want success, right?
I’ve discovered something a long time ago: results drive results. Even the slightest sign of positive results can be enough to light a fire inside of us. To motivate us. To fuel us to keep going – to want more.
Results drive results.
This doesn’t only apply to the act of building a lean and functionally strong body. No way! It applies to each and every aspect of your life.
But there are two fundamental problems in today’s society that are preventing us (read: you) from getting the results that you want:
1) Lack of Patience
The first problem is that we all want everything to happen yesterday. We want change to be instant. The truth is that our patience has literally gone down the drain.
Yes, you want results, but you want them immediately.
And what happens when you don’t get them?
You quit. You move to something else.
Then that something else doesn’t give you instant results, so you’re on to the next one. A vicious cycle is initiated and perpetuated.
Here’s the issue. When it comes to changing your body (or pretty much any aspect of your life), feedback is NOT immediate. It’s slow. It takes time. Time we, well, don’t have time for. The fact is, whether you have a coke or a combination of power foods today, you will look the same tomorrow. But give it a month and you’ll see the difference.
But hey, you’re not willing to give it a month. You’re barely even willing to give it a week.
If your patience does not outlast the initial feedback period, you will never get to experience the cycle of positive results.
2) We love comfort
Oh man do we love comfort!
It makes us feel so good inside. It makes us feel safe and in control. This is why most people spend the majority of their lives in what we call the comfort zone.
And for a lot of people this is great. This is what they want. They love their comfortable jobs and their comfortable workouts and their comfortable lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
But if you are one of the few who want to excel, who want to do great things in life, who want to be successful in your field of choice, who want to build a lean and functionally strong body. If you are one of those who want to get real, positive results…
Comfort will not cut it.
Comfort kills the potential for results. Obliterates it.
Introducing the Law of Comfort. It is a principle – a simple theory actually – that I discovered a long time ago. It is a law that has dramatically changed the way I approach training, and pretty much anything I do in life.
The application of this law can and will dramatically change how you approach anything you do, especially when it comes to transforming your body into a lean and functionally strong machine.
The Link Between Comfort and Results
Take a second to observe the simple graph below. It tells you everything there is to know about this principle.
What do you see?
This graph defines your struggles. It shows exactly why you will most likely never get the results you desire.
That is unless you make some profound changes to your training.
Notice that as your comfort level goes up (moving towards the right of the graph), your results become minimal. But as soon as you get out of that comfort zone and move to lower levels of comfort (towards the left), your results begin to skyrocket (upper left part of the graph).
Here’s a more detailed view.
Unfortunately, most of you will remain in the bottom right portion of the graph where you will continue to experience minimal results. This corner is safe. It’s comfortable.
If you’re one of the few who want to finally experience positive change, then you need to start your climb to the top left corner of the graph.
You need to get out of your comfort zone because, truly, there is nothing of value to be gained inside your comfort zone.
The beautiful thing about the top left corner is that this is where results begin to drive results. This will become your prime source of motivation because, believe me, when results begin to come, you’ll want nothing more than to keep them coming.
So how do you get out of your comfort zone?
It comes down to one word: Intensity.
The intensity with which you train at will determine your comfort, and you’ve probably already witnessed this yourself. What’s the difference between a jog and a sprint? One is nice and easy. It’s comfortable. The other is explosive, challenging and something you definitely don’t look forward to.
But which one yields the best results?
I think you know the answer.
We’ll get into more detail on the topic of intensity in a future post. For now, figure out where on the graph you are and where you want to be.
If your answer is where I’m hoping it is, then we got some work to do.