This is the last post in the series about the need for goals that challenge you and pull you towards the greatest possible version of yourself. A fascinating dynamic of human nature is how fiercely people will fight to stay mediocre. They don’t label it as mediocre obviously. They would tell you that they’re simply being conservative, safe, or avoiding potential risk. But those motivations are always a recipe for creating mediocrity.
One of the wiser things that Seneca shared in his writing is that no one is unhappier than the person who never faces adversity. Why? Because if you don’t face a daunting challenge you don’t have a chance to prove yourself. Proving something to yourself is when you actually start to live – to feel vibrant, strong and animated. It creates confidence which causes you to dare to attempt greater things, and thus build a cycle of growth and achievement. Staying in your comfort zone makes you miserable. Or unconscious.
No one ever had a breakthrough in their comfort zone. And you won’t be the first.