3/24/2013

Daily Actions are the Key to Reaching your Goals

I've got to be honest.  There are goals that have been on my list for (what seems like) forever.  It gets a little frustrating writing my goal list and having to repeat the ones that I once again failed to achieve.  Then there are the goals that I have seen come to fruition.  So I have to ask myself, what's the difference? What makes me achieve some goals but not others?


After taking a moment of reflection, I realized that that in the goals where I seen the greatest progress have clear identifiable daily actions linked to them.  I can see some action taken with the goals I keep re-writing but host often they are inconsistent and scattered.  There's no real plan of action.  Worst of all, there is nothing that I'm doing every day to achieve what I want.  

So now I'm taking a different approach to my intentions.  No longer will I write something down and secretly hope that things would magically fall into line.  The goal list was more of a wish list than a want list.  Going forward, I decided that I will no longer place intentions on the list unless I am willing to take the consistent actions that will get me there.  
  Consistency is so important to this equation for so many reasons.  Results happen with action.  Results disappear with inaction.  When your action slows or stops, the seedlings that were sprouting begin slowly die.  I've heard it said once that a seed is most fragile when it begins to sprout. That thought never left me until this day.  We want to ensure that we don't stop our actions when the sprouting first occurs.  Consistency is the method by which we will nurture our seedlings until they become strong oaks with roots so deep that the tree can weather almost any condition.  

I urge you to take on the practice of listing the consistent actions that must be taken whenever you identify any goal.   The more frequent the action, the better.  Then enjoy the benefits of seeing your goals take form right before your eyes.  
 

10/15/2011

The One True Way to Impact your Subconscious Mind


For the longest time, I used to believe that in order to impact the subconscious mind, I had to things such as:

  • state affirmations on a regular basis
  • write down my goals and re-read them daily
  • listen to recorded messages as I sleep
While these actions has some impact on the subconscious, I've discovered that they aren't nearly as powerful as one specific behavior that, when repeated, can make a lasting impact on my subconscious mind once and for all. See before I learned about this, I started to believe that my subconscious mind could never be tamed. I felt as if I were engaged in a battle that I was destined to lose. My enemy was too great....

It wasn't until I stumbled upon some videos on Youtube from Dr. Bruce Lipton and Joe Dispenza that I came to to the understanding that only one thing truly impacts the subconscious mind.

That one thing, my friend, is action. More importantly, consistent action. Dr. Bruce Lipton described our subconscious mind as a "tape player." Those of us who remember tape players understand that unless a tape was inserted, the tape player was useless. If someone inserted a blank tape, nothing could be played. Without a pre-recorded message, the tape player was incapable of producing any output. Our current actions are nothing more than pre-recorded messages being played by our tape player. It keeps playing because it only knows one command --"play recorded messages." Bruce equated stating affirmations to telling a tape player to "play a different song." Simply telling a tape player to change the music isn't enough. If we want to hear a different record, we have to remove the tape, insert a new one and press play.

For the subconscious mind, a new action is the equivalent to inserting a new tape. Ah, but simply taking a new action once is simply not enough. I liken it to when we play an album for the first time. We're not familiar with any of the songs so it doesn't feel as natural to us as when we listen to our favorite record. Why? Because our favorite record has been played dozens of times before. We can sing along with every song without so much as a thought because the songs are inside of us. But in order to get to that point, that record must have played for us over and over again.

With that said, we must use our conscious mind to impact our subconscious. Our conscious mind is employed in our decision making and choice. If you want to create any new habit (a behavior that we repeat without putting in much thought) then we must use our conscious mind to do so. Making a choice once isn't enough, just like the new songs on an album, the action must repeat itself over and over again. This all means that whenever we say we want to create a new habit, we must first understand and accept that we have to chose to do this action day in and day out. Soon the action becomes embedded within us and we know longer have to use our conscious mind to complete the action. That is how we re-record over our old habits and behaviors. This is how we truly impact our subconscious mind.

6/22/2011

Looking for massive results? Create your "uncomfortable actions" list.


As of late, I've been racking by brain to see what I can do to move more quickly towards my goals. Some of these goals have been desires of mine for quite sometime now. Time after time I keep re-writing my intentions in hopes that my actions would create extrodinary results.

Today I was listening to a friend who just returned from a personal growth weekend seminar. As he shared his experience, one of the biggest lessons he learned from his coach during his session is to do what is uncomfortable because that is where the greatest amount of growth can happen. After hearing that comment, I mentally I go back to my list of actions that I commonly create whenever I contemplate "how" I will reach my goal. Nine times out of ten, this list of actions will likely consist of tasks that are pretty easy to do. Suddenly, the thought came to me "what if I were to create a list of actions that made me uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that I would feel some hesition in even writing it. Those actions would likely be what stirred up the most fear and ultimately, they would also bring about my greatest amount of growth.

One reason why I'm motivated to move towards what's uncomfortableis is because I know that what is uncomfortable today will become the new normal tomorrow. I remember when I first started taking cold showers in the morning. The first minute or so under the frigid water is excrutiating. I have to jump up and down and scream affirmations to take my mind off the present experience. After a short while, my internal body temperature adjusted and the icy cold water starts to feel bearable. Soon afterwards the water actually starts to feel warm even though I haven't touched the temperature settings. Within minutes, the most uncomfortable experience imaginable becomes a pleasant ordeal. What's even better is that what was once a "normal" shower now seems too hot and uncomfortable.

So now my next move is to write a list of actions that I need to take to reach my goal. This time I will not notate the action unless I feel some form of aprehension. If it doesn't make me uncomfortable, even slightly, then perhaps I have to challenge myself to think about what else I can do that can take me outside my comfort levels. I also understand that just writing the list down isn't necessarily enough to cause massive action. That is why I have to use the same philospophy as when I take a cold shower. I just gotta jump in and before I know it, the experience will soon feel less uncomfortable. Another thing about cold shower therapy is that it takes place first thing in the morning. Which means there isn't any time to contemplate whether it should happen or not. Once it happens, I've pretty much set the course for the rest of my day. Having conquered a cold shower in the morning does a lot for the self esteem and confidence in what one is able to accomplish. Imagine having that same feeling after doing what you are most hesitant to do first. It'll make everything else you do seem like a breeze.

5/07/2011

Will Smith Motivation!

I can't get enough of this Will Smith video. There are so many powerful lessons available to us. Take a look.


8/25/2009

Improve your speaking voice with this simple trick




Last year, one of my intentions was to strengthen my voice and develop more confidence while speaking. My biggest challenge, whenever I spoke, was the lack of power behind my words. Because of this, I would often times be asked to repeat my self or speak louder so the other person could hear what I was saying. Another bad habit of mine was talking too fast. Again, I believe that had something to do with my confidence levels. I didn't slow down enough to fully articulate so that others would clearly hear and understand what I was saying.

Because of my despair in this area, I decided to take a voice coaching class offered locally. After researching the credentials of the instructor online, I was all too excited about learning the secrets to a stronger voice. I'll share with you some of the sound principles I learned in the class. Some of the information was new to me, some of it I'd heard before. One thing I would say is that all of the info was extremely practical and would make a difference if applied consistently.

So here are some practical techniques to improving your speaking voice:

Open your mouth:

Most of us, when we speak, tend to keep our mouths relatively closed. When we do so, the sound that we create is altered. The voice doesn't come out as rich and supported as it does when we open our mouths a little bigger to allow the sound to naturally flow out. I'll be the first to tell you that it feels a little weird at first, when you open your mouth wider while speaking. But in all honestly, this really does make an impact on how far your words will travel.

Make your voice travel:

Opening your mouth wider is the first step, the second step to improving on your voice quality is to support your words with your breath. It's the air you use that will allow your words to travel and not fall flat. Words that aren't supported by air go absolutely no where. Then you're tasked with having to repeat yourself once again. What you should try to do is be mindful of your breathing while you speak. Are you caring your words with a smooth exhalation? Or do your words struggle to reach it's intended destination? You should be taking in natural breaths before sentences and allowing the breath to be released as you speak. The advice my speaking coach gave me was to make sure that I "splash" the other person with my voice. If my voice were to actually travel, it should land behind the person or people I am speaking to. It makes all the difference in the world.

Relax:

Nervousness will affect your voice more than anything else. When we lack confidence or feel unsure, our voice will certainly reveal it. There are two surefire ways you can overcome feeling nervous, adequate preparation and mental toughness. I strongly believe that confidence follows action and preparation. So I suggest you first start with preparation. This means that you should never present to a group of people without feeling absolutely comfortable that you know the information like the back of your hand. I know there will be times that you won't have the amount time you'd like to adequately prepare, in that case, use whatever time you are given. Preparation is the speaking equivalent of giving yourself steroids before a body building event. It gives you an edge that you might not otherwise have. Soon, you'll begin receiving compliments on how well you are at presenting (because you were well prepared), not long after, you'll find yourself feeling more assured and transferring that same confidence with you when you're asked to speak on the spot.

Finally, I'm going to give you the very best piece of advice I've heard yet on improving your speaking voice. This tip comes from the audio book 100 ways to motivate yourself from author Steve Chandler. Steve has a deep strong voice that really resonates with the listener. What really surprised me is that Steve claims to have once had a voice that was weak and nasally. So what did Steve do to completely change his voice? He sang. That's right, Steve claims that he was able to both strengthen and develop his speaking voice by making it a habit to sing to his favorite tunes at the top of his lungs. With the consistent practice, his voice (and lungs) became stronger with each passing day.

I heard this advice weeks ago and have been implementing it daily in my practice ever since. Today, I am more than excited about how much better of a speaker I am today than I was a few weeks back. My breathing is now consistent, my voice tone is richer and my confidence levels are sky high. I do want to mention that I am a terrible singer. I probably have the worst signing voice around. But I don't this to become a better singer. I do this to exercise my vocal chords and to develop my lung capacity and regulate my breathing when I speak. The change I've experienced in the past couple of weeks is amazing. I even received a compliment the other day because someone on a conference call noticed that my voice sounded more confident. I know for a fact that my preparation for the call, along with my stronger, more conditioned voice, is how I was able to present this information with confidence.

The best part of all is that signing doesn't seem like it's hard work. I get to enjoy my favorite songs while benefiting myself in the process. There's nothing better than that. Because I actually enjoy this practice, I find myself being consistent in doing it every day. The more I do it, the stronger and better my voice gets. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to improve their speaking voice. Give it a try for a few weeks, before long you'll be signing its praises.


6/02/2009

Overcoming self-limiting behaviors

This past week or so has been, for me, and exercise in moving forward in my progress with the least amount of resistance possible. After doing some introspective thinking, I realized that my natural tendencies with regards to progression, even at the most basic levels, were slowed down by my own doing. After this realization became apparent, my only recourse was to quickly adapt my behaviors to shifting the beliefs which were the driving force of my behaviors.

I believed that overcoming struggle was a natural part of achieving goals. Once I figured out the craziness associated with this type of thinking, I immediately began to brainstorm some options to overcoming this growth inhibitor. My first response to this dilemma was to enlist the help of my mental capacities. I focused on shifting my thinking from "overcoming resistance" to allowing myself into believing that accomplishing simple objectives was just that.....simple.

My expectation changed to assuming that everything came to me easily with little effort. As soon as I started cultivating that new belief, my actions followed. I also made a conscious effort to recognize how easily most objectives were to reach. For instance, if I was avoiding making a phone call, I forced myself to just get to the final step which was picking up the phone and dialing the numbers. I'd worry about the conversation once I got there, not well in advance. The only step I needed to take was to pick up the phone and dial.....simple.

Nine times out of ten, the dreaded conversation turned out to be nothing more than a simple conversation. All the tension that I created on my own with my thoughts and actions (avoidance) was completely unnecessary and only worked to serve as a blockade to everything else I had going on at the time. The absolute worst part of creating bottlenecks in our lives is that we literally slow down the progress of all of our other endeavors. The mind will continue to create pop-up reminders that you haven't done said thing and completely disrupt, or at minimum, distract what you are doing at the moment.

So now my beliefs are shifting. I am at a point where I can honestly say that reaching a goal or intention in the fastest way possible is what I truly desire. I start off by accepting that accomplishing the task is a simple process and take the most logical action that actually aligns with my thoughts. If I believe it's easy, then I need to make it so. As I move forward with little resistance, I further reinforce my beliefs. As I reinforce my beliefs, it becomes my reality.

5/22/2009

Are you slowing down or self-sabotaging your own progress?

This morning I did a quick meditation exercise where I asked myself a burning question and waited for an honest intuitive response. After allowing myself to become completely relaxed, and open to the experience, I asked the question as to why I sometimes slow down the progress I am trying to make towards my intentions. Even some of my smallest intentions, it seems, was hindered by some type of resistance on my part one way or another.

When my answer came, I was somewhat disappointed. The answer to my deep seated issue was a simple "because you don't feel like it's a true accomplishment unless you experience some type of resistance." At first, I completely dismissed the activity as useless and non-value added, but as allowed the thought to simmer a little while longer, I began to understand how profound the revelation actually was.

Did I truly believe that overcoming resistance was the only true measure of accomplishment? Was this belief so strong within me that I was willing to create my own resistance even when it was completely unnecessary to do so? I was immediately turned off by the idea until I thought about the concept of physical exercise. In the world of physical fitness, the only true way of realizing the results you want is to feel the burn that comes with increasing the level of resistance. No pain, no gain right?

Whenever anyone wants to accomplish anything, that person will likely have multiple ways of achieving that desire. For instance, let's say you wanted to put on a pair of shoes so you can go for a walk. You could probably contemplate putting on the shoes, think of all the alternative shoe options you have and which shoes would work best. You might also focus on the negative aspects of going for a walk. You also have the option of watching your favorite show and take the walk later. The list goes on and on.

Or, you can just put on the shoes, and walk out the door. Plain and simple.

This example may seem a bit simplistic compared to our larger goals but I believe that we subconsciously create ways to slow our progress more than we think. If realizing a desire is just as simple as wanting it, taking the most direct actions, and getting it, we start to believe that the desire holds less valuable because of how easy it was to get it. The belief that most of us have deep down is, "if we didn't work hard for what we want, then we won't appreciate it."

The exercise I completed was extremely valuable for me because I now realize that I was creating artificial resistance in order to "feel the burn." Somehow this gave me the false of accomplishment for having to overcome to achieve. Now comes the next step in the process where I cultivate the desire to experience the victory (end result) more than the desire to overcome some type struggle along the way.

When I say struggle, you have to keep in mind that the word is relative. I'll define the word "struggle" as anything that hinders you from achieving what you desire in the quickest way possible. Examples of struggle include but are not limited to:

-Any type of procrastination on your part which keep you from doing what you know you have to do.
-Taking extra steps to reach an end result which a reasonable person would deem unnecessary.
-Slowing down forward movement by over analyzing or contemplating.
-Deliberately not taking bold action even if you know that such an action would move your progress forward.

You get the picture. I do have to say that I'm grateful to have received this insight into my beliefs around achievement. Now comes the next steps which I will blog about in my next post. In the mean time, I want you to think introspectively and honestly about how you go about achieving the results you want. Are you headed straight there or are you slowing your self down unnecessarily.

3/26/2009

Taking back control of your mind part II

Our minds have the power to cause great distress in our lives if we allow it. I'm often caught off guard by how quickly I can become emotional over a small issue simply because I was led by a series of uncontrolled thoughts. One of the reasons why we so quickly believe what the mind dictates is because it sounds just like us. Because the mind speaks to us in our own voice, we come to believe that the mind is actually us.

I finally realized my mind was not me when I actually analyzed what was happening. For instance, I would find myself becoming overly emotional, or depressed, frustrated, or whatever because of the constant flowing of negative thoughts. Then I realized that I didn't want to experience those feelings. I felt like I had no control over my reactions to situations even though I desperately wanted to master my emotions. That's when I realized that the simple desire of wanting to change the patterns proved as confirmation that the voice did not represent me. The voice was lying to me.

At that point, I decided that I had to be on my guard at all times. The voice was constantly working in the background so I had to constantly remain vigilant. The key to taking back control of your mind is conscious awareness of your thoughts. Knowing that the mind is constantly interpreting your actions and the actions of those around you will serve as a starting point.

Never let your guard down. This new habit of monitoring your thoughts has to become a permanent part of life. I'll share with you one method I learned from a book called Mindfulness written by Ellen J Langer. The book takes a scientific approach to remaining mindful by detailing the results of a series experiments on the results of living a mindless life as opposed to living in a state of mindfulness. One of the most memorable parts of the book, for me, was when she described three control groups. The first group was deemed the least mindful and went on about their daily routines as they normally would. The second group was described as more mindful because they would be aware of what they did and kept record of their actions. The third and most mindful group of people were asked to do something extraordinary. For example, instead of going to the pantry and grabbing a bag of chips. The group was asked to consciously think of three other options before grabbing the chips and making a conscious decision based on the three options. Those groups of individuals, after the experiment, were described as more confident, in-control, and happier then the other two groups of people.

Mindfulness is about not allowing yourself to operate in a perpetual autopilot. Its about making the decision about what you will do, say, eat, experience without defaulting to the choice your mind makes for you. When your mind makes the choice, it does so without thinking about what truly is the most value-added benefit. Your mind makes choices based on old, out-dated, information.

Decide today what will benefit you most. Would you rather continue down this path of mindlessness or would you rather create new experiences and new realities for yourself by operating in the moment. The choice is yours.

3/24/2009

Taking back the control of your mind

For the past several days I've operated with a feeling slight feeling of uneasiness. Not being completely sure where the feeling came from or what it meant, I merely proceeded to move on ignoring it hoping it would go away. Finally, I had to stop and figure out what was happening because I felt as though the feeling was becoming stronger by the day. That is when I realized that I had not been living in the present moment and was allowing my subconscious mind to take full control.

When we go through the course of a normal day, and proceed to repeat a set of actions similar to what we did the day before, the conscious mind has little involvement. The subconscious mind, however, take complete advantage of our mindless daily actions and proceeds to fill our minds with infinite thoughts. In general, we should avoid operating in states of being "zone out" for prolonged periods of time because of the amount of opportunity for our subconscious minds to take over. Unless you have taken time to condition the subconscious to work for and not against you, I highly suggest that you attempt to operate in a state of presence whenever possible.

So how does a person operate in a state of presence? Lets first start off by describing what the state of presence looks like. When I think of being present, I picture someone who is operating in the moment fully aware of what is happening and making conscious choices and decisions along the way. For instance, someone in the present does not rely on reflexive behavior engrained in the subconscious mind but instead purposely choses how to react in various situations. An example would be of a person who may receive a questionable comment from someone at work. Instead of simply reacting to that person's comment, and possibly end up saying something he might regret, the conscious person takes a moment to quickly assess the situation, and perhaps decide that spewing out a reflex response is simply not worth it.

Another example of a person operating in the present is one who stops and thinks about consequences of a purchase according to the budget he or she established. Taking back the control of your mind simply means that you aren't letting your mind replay out the same patterns over and over again. Just because you may have overeaten in the past doesn't mean you have to do it today. Just because you were shy in the past does not mean you have to play the part today. I strongly believe that each one of us should be constantly striving to remain in a state where we can make conscious choices about how we chose to act in any and every circumstance. So let's talk a little about how we do that.

The first step to taking back the control of your mind is to realize that your mind has taken control of you! You have to become aware of the fact that whenever you are not truly present in any situation, your mind automatically kicks in and takes over. When our minds take over, it pulls from past experiences and uses the established patterns of the past in the present moment. This is not a bad thing in the case of driving a car or washing dishes. But when you are trying to overcome unfavorable habits that you've once had in the past, your subconscious mind is no longer your friend but is now the one sabotaging your efforts.

The remedy to this dilemma is to commit yourself to operating in the present whenever possible. This means the difference between walking on a city sidewalk and making it across a stream on stepping stones. The fact that one wrong step means falling into the water causes you to be much more careful of your actions. Notice also that you won't be thinking of your grocery shopping list at that moment. You'll be there 100%. Operating in the present is not easy, it's like walking around with your stomach sucked in at all times.....nearly impossible. Sure we can do it whenever required but maintaining that state is often difficult.

I'll cover more practical ways to live in the present in my next post which will be part two of this series.

"Till next time!"

3/13/2009

Power of Focus podcast

This is my very first podcast entry on the topic of maintaining focus and how imperative it is to our ability to actually see the results we want. Without focus our results just won't be there. Enjoy the podcast. There will be many more to come.

3/02/2009

Are you creating your reality or is your reality creating you?



Creating lasting change in your life requires an enormous amount of mental faculties. Yes, the direction and the pattern of your thinking is a huge indicator of what your reality will ultimately look like. I strongly believe that a new set of continuous thoughts equates to a creation of a new experience. I also believe, however, that one of the most direct ways to help impact your thoughts is to first change your environment.

Think of your surroundings as an anchor to your ship of life. As long as the anchor is firmly planted far beneath the ocean, your boat will never sail. The engines can roar but resistance will always be there. You are intending to change your current reality, what you must first do is determine whether or not you are saying "move forward" or "stay here." I believe one of the most evident ways to determine whether or not you believe in inevitable change is to assess your environment for signs of your move forward.

For instance, some examples of those who are not sold on the idea of moving forward include someone who still holds on to unnecessary mementos of a previous relationship. Or someone who refuses to give up the same types of foods that helped to create their current circumstance. Does your surroundings reflect that air of confidence that you've been attempting to create with your thoughts? If you wish to manifest wealth, are you preparing for the wealth by ridding yourself of useless clutter?

Clutter, I believe, is the biggest obstacle to your ability to create. Clutter takes the place and space of that you wish to manifest. As long as you continue to place items that represent the old you in your direct line of sight, you will find yourself struggling to create that image of the new you in your mind. Every time you gaze upon what you've created through your old habits, you are essentially engraving a deeper carving of the image into your mind.

When you rid your physical world of clutter, you are creating a space whereby you can begin to easily and openly imagine the possibilities. Heck, you can even go out and obtain a new object that represents your new reality and place it where the clutter once resided. Every glance at your physical representation of your possibilities will help you to create both images and feelings of experiencing your manifestation in full glory. You will also find that your creative senses will be heightened when you find yourself in a clutter-free environment.

Take a moment to clear away the items that block your ability to clearly see and experience the new you. If the thought of de-cluttering your entire house intimidates you, set aside a block of time to take on one area at a time. The change in emotions will be instant once you've done this. What you are doing essentially is sending a message to your subconscious that the old is gone away and you are in eager anticipation of the new.

2/22/2009

Perfecting Perfect Practice



As part of my quest to improve my life experiences, I've come to a place where I am completely sold on the idea of practice to make perfect. I remember reading a book a couple of years ago where the author shared his story about the value of practice. The author was not only an advocate for practice, he spoke about perfect practice.

Perfect practice is the art of learning slowly and accurately the actions required to perform an act in an excellent fashion. Years ago, I shunned the idea of preparing and practicing for an event. I believed that my natural talent and the rush of adrenaline would be enough to create a picture perfect result each and every time. I was half right. Some of my results would surprise me because of how great things worked out. Sometimes on the other hand, I'd experience less than exceptional results. When the latter occurred, I'd simply dismiss my poor performance by reminding myself that I hadn't had time to prepare. If I would have prepared, I'd think to myself, I would have done a fantastic job.

At one point in time, leaving my results to chance would have been acceptable. Now that I am focusing my efforts of steady growth, I find that practicing for perfection is the only hope I have of being able to produce above average performance time and time again.

So what exactly is perfect practice? Learning your skill in a deliberate manner to bring about a specific outcome is perfect practice. Whenever you are learning a new skill or are fine tuning the rough spots on what you do today, you should always seek to learn the most fundamental techniques that lead to a great looking finished product. Taking the time to adequately learn every step will actually lengthen your learning time but what you are essentially doing is creating an embedded program that will direct your performance later on. Learning each step is not enough, the steps must be learned to as close a perfect as possible.

Whenever we are performing an activity whether its doing our regular job, playing a sport, presenting information, whatever it may be, our goal should be to practice in a perfect way that will create a better result each and every time. How do you do that? Here are some of my ideas.

Start with a goal

Unless you enter your practice with an intention to improve, you are giving yourself permission to continue on the same path of mediocre performance. You continue to embed the program of following the same steps that you always follow. Unless you change it, you allow yourself to experience the same frustrations repeatedly. What you want to do instead is decide what you want to improve upon every time you take an action. For instance, if you want to get more work done in less time at work, you should tell yourself the results you want to achieve. Just as an athlete knows the time she has to beat, so should you know what your goal for the activity should be.

End with an evaluation
Unless you take a moment to honestly evaluate your performance, you will not be able to glean any value or benefits from the activity. Did you perform as well as you hoped? What do you need to look out for next time in order to get better? These are the types of questions that help you move your level of performance forward.

Stretch your limits
Improvements in performance only truly happen when a person decides to step outside of her comfort zone. If we avoid situations that can contribute to our growth then we become our own worst enemy. If growth is your objective then slightly uncomfortable situations are your friend. The more uncomfortable those situations are to you, the better you become if you decide to take on the challenge. Whenever something becomes too easy for you, its time to move to the next level so you are careful not to stagnate your growth. The best way to identify if you are within your comfort zone is to analyze whether or not you perform your activities unconsciously. If you complete your tasks mindlessly then you are probably operating in the realm of comfort. Becoming better means that you will have to "get in the game" mentally as well as physically.

Now that you are aware of the differences between simply doing and practicing, decide today if you want to continue down do what you've always done or if you want to improve ever so slightly every day. Practice is the doorway to improvement and perfect practice is the key that unlocks the door.