When I was 12 or 13 my mom took me to the pool.
That pool had a diving board. At the time I thought it must have been 50 feet high. In retrospect, it was more like 14.
I remember the first time I worked up the courage to jump.
As I waited in line behind 4 other kids, I felt like I was about to do something brave, courageous...heroic even.
Climbing the ladder, that feeling grew stronger. I was proud of the feat I was about to tackle.
But the conversation in my mind changed drastically as I approached the edge of the board.
It went from heroism to, "What are you doing? This is insane!"
I froze on top of that diving board, staring straight down as the line built up behind me.
What happened between the bottom of the ladder and the top?
The height of the diving board didn't change, the danger level didn't change.
It was just the conversation in my head that changed.
I was about to do something outside my comfort zone, and when it became real, I panicked.
I loved the idea of jumping. I was fired up climbing up that ladder. But that changed once I took one step outside my comfort zone.
I was uneasy, and I didn't like it.
Eventually I jumped. Climbing back down was too demoralizing.
As soon as I hit the water, guess what I did.
Got out of the pool, got back in line, and jumped again.
Perceived threat dissolved, comfort zone adjusted.
What does this have to do with you getting leaner, stronger, and healthier?
It feels good to dream about getting in shape. Making the commitment is uncomfortable.
Because to really commit to changing your life, you need to walk to the edge of the board, dismiss the sabotaging self-talk, and jump.
To achieve anything substantial, you'll need to force your comfort zone to adjust.
And the only way to do that is to jump.
Once you do, your comfort zone will adjust. Your new, healthy and powerful habits will become part of your everyday life.
Are you ready to jump?
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