Would you rather be comfortable or successful?

Jeff Olson, in his book The Slight Edge, observed that “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”  In other words, unsuccessful people value their short-term comfort more than their long-term results.

This seems to be a recurring theme in my world (and my blog posts), and there’s a good reason for it.  The disempowering choice of comfort over results is made day in and day out.  You grab some fast food rather than prepare a healthful meal at home.  You plop in front of the TV after a long day rather than take a brisk walk.  You ignore the email from those unhappy clients, hoping (or at least acting like) the problem will go away if you just ignore it long enough.

Too much comfort leads to failure.Every such choice feels good at that moment, but it will unfortunately come back to bite you in the behind down the road.  It may come in the form of clothes that don’t fit. It may involve the loss of potentially thousands of dollars when your client leaves you for someone more responsive to her needs.  Whatever form it takes, there will be a consequence.

So if you’re in the habit of doing what’s comfortable rather than what will move you toward your important goals, what can you do to start letting go of that counterproductive habit and start adopting the habits of successful people?

Courage often leads to success.What are your thoughts?  Do you have a favorite tool or strategy that helps you push past the discomfort to get to the reward?  What are some successes you’ve had as a result of trading short-term discomfort for long-term satisfaction.  Please share; successful entrepreneurs are always looking for new and better ways to succeed!


By the way, thanks to Brief Gasp for the sheltie picture and Damian Gadal for the money shot.  I found both in the Creative Commons section of Flickr.

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