Starting a new year always gives us the opportunity to raise new personal and professional goals. Many times we love defining goals that we will never reach and that made me reflect on what activates that human desire to define challenges and why we often do not reach them.

There are theories about the definition of SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, Timed) and the need to spend at least 21 days on an activity constantly to modify a behavior. However, I believe that the failure to reach those goals could also have another origin.

I think that many of us have problems to accept the challenges. Every objective requires effort and sacrifice, time and perseverance.

This topic caught my attention and encouraged me to define my new goals for 2018.

2017 has been a year of many achievements. I feel more and more comfortable in Mexico and with Vivanuncios where we exceed our growth objectives. On a personal level, I was able to improve my relationship with my girlfriend and developed my passion for golf.

I am sure that 2018 will be an incredible year. I have ambitious goals and I have understood my process to achieve them. I need to accept that growth requires pain and effort to materialize.

I’ve realized that if everything goes too well, you’re probably stuck and you’re not doing great things.

If you want to grow, you have to get away from ‘the easy’. Break a habit, try new things, take risks, make new contacts or put yourself in a totally new situation … It will not be easy, but it will be worth it. It will be strenuous, but rewarding.

Calvin Coolidge , former president of the United States, once said: “All growth depends on activity. There is no physical or intellectual development without effort, and effort means work. “

I want to go where the demands are higher. Go to where there is pressure to act.

To grow you have to embrace the discomfort, welcome it. The transition will be disturbing and frightening, but that is the nature of life.

Therefore, this year we decided to develop a new area of ​​our business. We are going to expand in the organization of events for the real estate world. It is difficult to start a new project, it will surely be a source of many headaches, but I am sure that the pain will be part of the road to success.

Peter McWilliams , American writer, was right in stating: “comfort zones often expand through discomfort.”

Discomfort is a catalyst for growth. It makes you crave something more. It forces you to change, to strive and adapt.

When you challenge yourself, you force yourself to become something more than you already are. That means creating new perspectives, acquiring new skills and overcoming limits.

In other words, it allows you to expand your understanding in order to overcome the obstacles in front of you.

Learning to be comfortable with discomfort is one of the skills I want to continue developing in 2018. I think that if I learn to do it, I will be able to master almost anything that comes my way.

Discomfort is a key that can open many doors. You can overcome procrastination, start new habits, overcome challenges or physically exhausting events and much more.

I have lived it myself: it has been difficult to learn the first foreign language or to launch the first business. Now I could not live without practicing languages ​​and I do not stop thinking about new business.

Think about it. How many things were once uncomfortable for you and now you handle them without major problem?

Sometimes we avoid discomfort. We do everything to turn it around. We are so comfortable to bother or pressure us to make a change in our lives.

That is, perhaps, our biggest limiting factor as human beings, and that is the reason why most of us can not change our habits.

I invite you to think of the mind as a muscle that achieves its maximum potential only if you work it. My personal growth has depended in large part on facing new challenges and doing new activities.

I really advise you to address the fear that prevents you from living your best life. Challenge him and the reward will be great.

Written by Karim

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