Cut The Branch If You Want To Fly

Perhaps the most common complaint in self-improvement is that people feel stuck. They’ve tried to do this or that, but their life is at a stalemate. What should they do?

We could talk about cultivating a burning desire to change, how they could set better goals, or any other number of tactics. What I’m going to suggest in this post, however, is far more simple.

You can be stuck in a tree all day, but you’ll never spread your wings and fly if you’re comfortable with the branch you’re sitting on. Your brain is biologically wired to only engage as much as it has to. Therefore, you need to cut the branch you’re sitting on and make flying your only option.

However, there is a caveat to this. Cutting the branch doesn’t guarantee you’ll be successful. Quitting your job doesn’t guarantee you’ll put in the work needed to get your business off the ground. Signing up for a half-marathon doesn’t guarantee you’ll get out of bed and go for your run every morning.

However, the psychological pressure makes it a lot more likely. You may still fail, but even so, you can learn from your failure, take motivation from it, and recalibrate your actions to produce success next time. It’s a win/win situation.

If you feel like you’re stuck try cutting the branch. Doing so doesn’t guarantee you’ll fly, but it’ll give you motivation to try, and even if you fail; you’ll have learned what it takes to produce success and you’ll have gained emotional leverage to try harder next time.

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