Too Comfortable being Comfortable

 

Yesterday I posted about how I work well under pressure, that I procrastinate on homework assignments and I still do good anyway.

That makes it seem like everything comes easy for me and I don’t have to work too hard to achieve my goals.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Anything that I have achieved, I have worked extremely hard for.

“Always be the hardest worker in the room.” When I decided that I wanted to start advancing in my career I went back to school to get my degree. I had attempted college several times before that in my early 20’s and each time I had dropped out before completing the semester. I think that after 4 or 5 attempts at going to college, I only completed 2 classes, and they were both electives: one was freestyle gym (which means just clock in twice a week to work out), and the other was Self-defense for adults.

In my mid-twenties, I thought that college was overrated. I thought I didn’t need it and it wouldn’t do me any good. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Who do you know? “Nobody, that’s why I’m not successful.” That was just laziness talking.

In my late twenties I finally got my head out of my butt and went back to school. This time I knew that I couldn’t mess around. I needed to work my butt off, stay on top of my assignments, all while making sure that I was doing good at work. Remember, at the same time I was going to school, I was trying to get ahead at work. I started volunteering for every extra assignment I could, joined every committee and task force I could, and took all the overtime I could get.

All the hard work paid off. I got my AA degree (straight A’s) and I got promoted a few times at work. Now I’m working on my Bachelor’s degree and looking to continue advancing here at work.

But…

they say that the Lion on top of the hill is not as hungry as the lion climbing the hill. I think that everybody has that moment where they start to get too comfortable. They have achieved a certain level of success and start relaxing. Think of Rocky 3. He was the heavyweight champ, was doing commercials and tv appearances, and instead of training was too busy signing autographs and stopping for photo ops. He got his block knocked off by Clubber Lang.

The secret of success is staying hungry and never getting comfortable. This applies to anything: business, school, fitness…

I’ve started a fitness program many times in my life and have reached a “goal weight” only to relax, stop watching my diet and stop working out. In short time I gain all the weight back.

Need to stay hungry. Need to keep working. Never get comfortable.

Even though I can procrastinate on homework assignments, get them done last minute, and get good grades on them, doesn’t mean I can do the same with everything else in life.

I can’t slow down at work. I want to do my best and be the best!

I can’t neglect my fitness training. I want to be fit, healthy, and strong!

If I don’t train my butt off over the next few months I won’t be able to just show up and finish the two 100 mile races that I have signed up for this year. I can’t procrastinate until race day and then expect to win. I need to focus.

I’ve already set my goals for this year and I’ve set them high. Now I need to put in the work. Good things come to those who wait work their asses off.

5 weeks until Tough Mudder

12 weeks until Born to Run ultramarathon

34 weeks until EC100.