Hi there Cup Checkville,
It recently dawned on me that no matter how hard you work or how productive you are, this life is constantly growing, evolving, moving and changing and so must we if we plan to not merely survive but thrive. There is no universal, whipping off of the hands, followed by the proclamation, “Now I’m done” like in those EAS commercials but rather a series of mini-victories (and setbacks) along the way.
As any minor league baseball player, I worked all offseason at improving my craft and preparing my mind and body for advancement and the rigors of the season to come. I recently arrived at Pre-Spring Training with the Yankees here in Tampa, Florida and was glad I had that foundation to fall back on. That being said, a whole new routine must be grooved. The people I interact with on a daily basis, where I live, my hours and much more (including time zone) have changed and with it, so must I. Many of the players here have expressed similar sentiments saying things like, “it doesn’t matter what you do at home, it’s like starting new when you get out here (referencing Spring Training).”
When we talk about high level performance, this idea becomes even more relevant. If you are in Law School, diligently preparing for the Bar exam and life to follow, you know this truth to be evident. The level of expectation and competition has morphed and heightened from your undergrad days so you must elevate your game to survive and thrive in this new realm.
If you are competing in the Olympic games, it is no longer about being the best in your home-town, state or even country because now you are competing on an international level.
In building your own business, as the company grows, the challenges, responsibilities and problems that need solutions mount. If you don’t respond accordingly, your business won’t be around long.
Whether you are forced out of you comfort zone that is fleshed out by a safe and familiar routine or you willingly plunge into a new job, new city, new club…you will find a new comfort zone and new routine because you must.
In my estimation, that little uncomfortably (or big as in the biggest wave ever surfed pictured above) is just a sign letting you know your doing it right. Because without adaptation and willingness to do so, whether by choice or default, there can be no progress. And without progress where are any of us headed?
The Cup Check…protect the goods.