At some point in your career or business, you will reach a level of comfort. You won’t have achieved everything you’ve ever wanted, but because you’re in a much better position than you were when you started, you’ll begin to rest on your laurels even if only a little.
I bring this up because I’ve been guilty of getting too comfortable as well, especially in the last half of 2017. There were a couple of things that shook up my life last summer that left me unable to move forward with a lot of my work in the way that I wanted to.
But if things hadn’t happened as they did, if I didn’t go through the trials and tribulations I did, I would be living a different life altogether.
My quality of life and outlook has changed considerably as a result of these events, because I have a bit of a social life now, I’ve been investing in my health, and I’ve also been taking breaks. So, all in all, these are positive changes.
But I still struggled with my output not being what I hoped it would be.
Changing Your Environment Changes You
Last year, not only did I leave town for a week in August, I also went overseas for two weeks in November. This was as planned, and I don’t regret taking time off, because I needed it.
But as I was chipping away at my to-do list and evaluated my progress, in some ways I felt like I’d been slipping a little.
I must give myself some grace, because I was in full-out burnout mode before left for Japan. Since getting back, I’ve caught up with a lot of projects, and I’ve spent more time on people and things I care about.
Am I Stagnating?
But I still found it necessary to ask one important question — am I still in the fight?
Further, am I writing as many blog post as I could be? Am I publishing as many podcast episodes as I could be? When will I finish my next book? Could I be publishing more eBooks, books and courses? Could I be coaching more people to reach their goals? Am I writing, recording, and releasing music at the rate I want to be? Could I be playing more solo shows?
Am I investing in myself? Am I reading books, listening to podcasts, taking courses, and going to relevant conferences and events? If I am, am I doing enough of those things?
Am I engaged in everything I’ve committed myself to? Am I spending sufficient time on these projects, or am I just getting by? Am I spending enough time with the people I care about? Am I communicating with them? Am I fighting for relationship? Am I practicing generosity? How does my financial and business life look? What is the outlook like for my future?
In retrospect, I think it felt important to ask these questions because I was going through a transition. Some of the things that I once considered vital were no longer serving me. Some of the things that didn’t matter to me or even exist prior were suddenly becoming more important.
A Different Kind of Commitment
As I was beginning to look at 2018 and the things I wanted to accomplish, I recognized my goals might require a different kind of commitment. I realized that I may need to form a new routine and begin orienting my life around it.
What about you?
As you look to accomplish big things in life, you may also want to ask yourself if you’re still in the fight. You may want to ask yourself many of the questions I just asked myself.
Whatever it Takes
If you’re in the fight, you’ll be willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals, but if you aren’t fully in the fight or at least to the extent you used to be, you may find yourself cutting corners, accomplishing less, not spending your time where it should be spent, and so on.
You may not be outside of the game, but you aren’t fully in it if you aren’t fighting. If you aren’t fully in it, your work ethic, productivity, and focus will inevitably suffer.
So, you need to get that fire back.
What does it mean to be in the fight? It means to build towards your dreams with reckless abandon. Nothing should stop you.
So, I want you to ask yourself:
If you aren’t fully in the fight right now, when will you be? Will you recommit to your success? Will you push yourself to new heights this year, and in the year to come? Will you stick to your goals and see your dreams become a reality?