I am a creature of habit. Routines, predictability, and rituals all make me feel safe. There is comfort in knowing what will happen next. Every Sunday I clean the house, do the laundry, pay the bills, and water the plants. It happens like clockwork. If the routine is disturbed, I don’t feel like the week will go as well. Yep. There is comfort in our habits.
But there is not growth.
Our bodies know this instinctively. The same 30 minute walk on the treadmill feels good. But it does not take long before our bodies adapt to the routine and no longer reap the same physical benefits. We have to add an incline or vary our speeds. We have to add weights or swimming. Mixing it up produces results. It is harder, but it is better for us.
The same is true in other areas of life. It is too easy to get comfortable in our routines. It is too easy to stay safe in the same job, the same hobbies, the same predictable habits. It is only when we reach beyond that we grow.
What were your dreams as a child?
What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” (Robert H. Schuller)
This week challenge yourself to try one new thing.
Trying something new is hard. There is risk in the adventure. But it is only when we are willing to risk that we can truly grow.