Have you ever felt like you’ve stopped growing? It’s not a pleasant feeling. The universe is in constant change. When we stay stuck in a rut, we’re going against a fundamental truth of the universe. Everything is changing, growing, and becoming something new.
Yet so many of us work hard to stay stuck where are even if something better is around the corner. We crave comfort. We don’t want to risk losing what we have or go through the pain necessary to overcome a challenge and get to a better result. This is a fundamental error in life and a fundamental error in business.
Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Ruts in our lives form when we find a solution that works and cling to it with everything we’ve got. But clinging to the same result is not a result that leads to success unless you are truly content with your current standard of life. It is very rare for anyone to be contented with every aspect of their life.
How do you get out of these ruts and grow again? You have to struggle against something. Going beyond your comfort zone is what makes you grow. The seed must sprout and shed its former state if it wants to become a plant one day. So too must you bust through old patterns and reach for the sun.
Challenges also make us prove to ourselves that we really want something. Every entrepreneur faces challenges while running their business. If they cannot meet them and overcome them, the business founders. Any successful businessperson can tell you stories of failure and struggle.
There is also a value to struggle even if you aren’t achieving things right away. Struggle makes us feel good about ourselves. It makes us feel like we’re doing something rather than giving up and letting the tide take us wherever it may. Drifting may sound lazy and idyllic until you’ve done it for too long and notice that you’ve gotten nowhere where you wanted to be. You have to swim, sometimes against the tide, to get to where you want to go.
Struggle is even wired into our bodies. In biology, there is a concept called hormesis. It is how the body reacts to small stresses by becoming stronger over time. This happens both physically and mentally. If we give ourselves challenges that we can overcome but take some effort to do, we become stronger over time. And when you get through those challenges and see what you’ve done there is a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Even something as simple as playing a video game and completing a difficult section can bring this sense of pride and accomplishment that accompanies growth. But it can be much stronger when you work hard on a long project, like your business or your weight or whatever you feel has been holding you back.
Ask yourself, have you been pushing back against the challenges facing you? Do you feel depressed looking ahead? Those walls aren’t going to go anywhere, but if you don’t try to tackle them then you’ll just be stuck there looking at them and wondering, deep down, whether or not you could have climbed them. That’s a sure road to depression and business failure. Push on past your challenges even if they suck at the start. You will get better over time. If you fail, fail harder!
You hold the power to transform your life!