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The Extra Gear

April 19, 2009

effort2Do you know people that just get more accomplished than you? Put a little more effort in their workouts than you do? Read more books? Eat healthier on a more consistent basis than you? Not everyone learns how to do this or discovers how powerful they really are….for one simple reason: It’s uncomfortable.  There is pain there, sweat, tears, guts, confrontation, resistance, adrenaline and most of all FEAR.  Most of the time fear is the very reason we don’t stretch ourselves and shift to that extra gear.  In fact, what I’ve found is that facing fear is the only way to get there.  By not facing our fears we actually strengthen and validate them.  When you have the courage to overcome fear you begin the process of releasing its steely grip over who you are and all you can become.  Fear is a gift.  It’s there to teach you where you play small.  It’s in that discomfort and stretch-zone where the good stuff in your life comes from.  Whether you’re looking to get off the couch and do your very first squat, start a running program before you go to work, or taking a garbage bag and toss out all of the junk from your cupboards, or tell your dad that you love him. All these things take effort, intestinal fortitude, and action.  Fear is all in your head….it stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.  Do something uncomfortable today, you might just surprise yourself.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawn permalink
    April 20, 2009 11:51 am

    Great post Dr. Ryan!!! Something that CrossFit has taught me over the past few years and continues to teach me…and not only for my workouts.

    Here is a quote sent to me by Coach Burgener when I was training for my o-lifting comp. At the time it did not seem very encouraging but now I look to it when I find myself fearing ‘the next step’.
    “Comfort is the difference between the way things are and the way we expect them to be. Comfort is an illusion. It is neither present nor welcome here.”

  2. drhewitt permalink*
    April 20, 2009 12:38 pm

    I’m with you there Dawn, crossfit has definitly taught me about a new gear that I never thought I had before. Great quote too. I love this one By T. Harv Eker:
    Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!

  3. Alexis permalink
    April 24, 2009 3:30 am

    Dr.Ryan –

    Awesome post. You are right – fear should be understood as a gift. And recognizing it like that does give us the strength to overcome negative aspects of ourselves and grow! I’ve been learning that getting to that point takes a lot of belief in the stuff that is UNseen. For one, believing in the potential each one of us has TO grow…. as well as trusting that there is something much bigger going in our lives than simply what we perceive at a given moment.

    I am going to add to the quotes here with one I really like:

    “Not many of us are living at our best. We linger in the lowlands because we are afraid to climb the mountain before us. The steepness and ruggedness dismay us, so we stay in the valleys and do not learn the mystery of the hills. We do not know what we lose in our self indulgence. What glory awaits us if we only had the courage for the mountain climb.”

  4. drhewitt permalink*
    April 28, 2009 11:14 pm

    Great quote Lex, I love it. One of my most important discoveries was that we are so much more powerful than we think and that the quality of your life is determined by the thoughts that you have on a daily basis. Once you can master your thoughts then you can do anything. This quote is one of my favorites:
    You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.- Napoleon Hill

  5. brotker permalink
    January 5, 2011 3:44 pm

    all great stuff….one of my favorite quotes is from the movie ‘A Bronx Tale’ …”The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”

    Get out there and do it…give it your best…don’t be afraid to fail. We all get stuck in bad habits and routines and this comfort zone…Brian Tracy has a great book ‘Eat That Frog!’ Everyone should read it and it can be applied to all aspects of your life. Get you out of that comfort zone and upward and onward to greatness.
    Boy…I get jacked just thinking about this stuff! 🙂


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