Choose Courage Over Comfort

Instead of writing you a long post today, I am going to work on a section of my book that I have been putting off… for a long time.

Let’s get real. I’ve been procrastinating.

Are you procrastinating on anything?

Some of the reasons for my procrastination are (and maybe you can relate):

  • I’m still a long way away from completing this project, so any work I do right now will only feel like a tiny dent.
  • I don’t really know where this all will lead anyway.
  • My ideas might be really stupid after all.
  • Writing is hard and tedious.
  • I generally don’t ‘feel’ like working on it.
  • It’s much easier to work on the design for our new website.
  • It’s even easier to just go work out.
  • After I finish it, the real work begins.
  • What if people think my ideas, strike that, what if people think I am dumb.
  • I’m scared.
  • It’s hard.

Feel me? But I am going to go do it anyway. Like, right after I finish these next few sentences. I’m going to choose courage. Pinky swear.

Perhaps YOU are putting off doing something you really need to do.

So instead you do other things.

Perhaps YOU have some similar reasons for your procrastination. These and derivatives of these thoughts are the most common reasons we put off doing what’s important.

So maybe, just today, you will join me in doing the thing you have been putting off instead of saying yes to everything else BUT that.

Whaddya say? Are you ready to choose courage over comfort?

If you want some accountability, come on over to the blog and leave a comment.

Let me know what you are going to do today INSTEAD of the thing that is easier, comfortable and predictable.

Choose courage over comfort. (TWEET THIS)


(Wise words from Brené Brown) Let’s do this.


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29 Responses to Choose Courage Over Comfort

  1. Patricia says:

    Yep. I’m going to start an online course at work and I already sent a coworker a meeting request about my learning some new tasks. This was a well-timed post!

  2. Luisa says:

    I’ve been putting off writing my children’s book..

  3. Stephanie says:

    Indeed a well-timed post! I have been procrastinating on reading and answering my emails, so I’m going to do that. Next to that, I will do some healthy cooking and I will do some minor exercises. Also, putting clothes for sale online. Yay! 😀

  4. Deborah says:

    I’m going to begin and finish off that assignment that I keep putting off because it’s too hard & I’m scared I’m going to fail. Thanks so much for the post 🙂

  5. mars says:

    timely post.. I’m going to apply to college today!

  6. Jackie Copeland says:

    Finally start taking pictures for my no-cook healthy dinners e-book. Learning the tricks behind my new camera has me stuck but I will move forward! Thanks Erin!

  7. Marie says:

    Every single one of your reasons has crossed my mind over and over and ooooverr(ggggrrrrrrr) the past two years! However the biggest one for me at the moment is actually not so much that I’m concerned of being a total fraud, cuz I’ve been working really hard on strengthening my confidence muscle – with great help from daily soul strolls and affirmations. Rather it’s the “After I finish it, the real work begins”…. can’t even describe how many ants I have in my pants as I write this… geez!

    So thanks for sharing this post Erin <3 🙂 Btw. go go go, ERIN – your projects sounds amazing (+ note to self)

  8. Steve says:

    Ya I have been putting off writing a paper for school, for the past month, and have chosen to workout instead inciting a lack of time but the real reason is exactly what you wrote, I’m scared. I’m going to do it I’m going to start the paper finally

  9. Marie-Eve says:

    Don’t give up girl! Personally, I’ve found that committing to just 15 minutes everyday makes it very doable and takes the pressure off. If I’m uninspired, at least I did that. And if I get carried away and write more, it’s even better! It’s a bite size I can chew 😉
    Keep us posted, we’re there with you — and maybe we can even help you by telling you what we’d like to read from you, which title attracts us most, etc.
    Expand + shine, Marie xo

  10. Lori says:

    I will give a talk regarding a book study I am doing and need to start preparing.

  11. Pat says:

    yes to all the above! I, too am working on a book, or trying to. Between my Mom and Mother -in-law(elderly seniors) my time is not my own, and by the time I am finished doing the things they need, I am pooped. It is even an effort to get a meal on the table and say hello to my Sweetie@

  12. Elissa says:

    Perfect timing for this, as I read your email while procrastinating, lol! I also watched a hilarious TED talk this morning about the very same topic…guess I should start listening to those signs from the Universe and start studying!

  13. Kendall says:

    I’ve been putting sewing projects! and finding a new job. They go hand-in-hand.

  14. Laurie says:

    Yea, yea!
    I feel like this is in the air. We launch our new site this weekend! And I keep going to movies. Lol
    Steven Pressfield says the thing our soul
    requires the most, is what we resist the most. I bet you’ve read the War On Art Erin, so amazing!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Love, Laurie

    PS psyched about the challenge!

  15. lyn says:

    I LOVE the phrase choose courage over comfort.
    I´ve been chosing comfort (and still do in some areas) for too long.

    “I generally don’t ‘feel’ like working on it”
    This is s a common procrastination for me. But what do you do in this case?? If you lack the drive to go for it?

    “What if people think my ideas, strike that, what if people think I am dumb.”
    Oh ya, I´m scared that people expect more from me than I´m actuallly capable of and then realize…I´m…

    Thank you Erin for this post.

  16. Interesting to get this in my inbox today since last night I made the commitment to myself to just keep making those scary sales calls no matter how scary they feel 🙂 and I reached a couple of big ones today and now I am on a roll. Thanks E

  17. Kim Walzer says:

    Today’s Email I received from you was about Procrastination. Oh wow such great timing..ugh! I just finished a very long move from PA to NC and have boxes upon boxes to unpack and try to fit into a much smaller house from “whence they came”!
    I know I am going to have to make some hard choices about downsizing and frankly I don’t want to do it! BUT I know the quicker I control my environment the quicker I will find peace and joy living in this new house. So here’s to hard tasks to “go to and go through” in hopes of finding the light on the other side! Thanks Erin I appreciate your “gentle kick in the bottom” and encouragement every day! Love to you and yours.

  18. Jean says:

    I’m going to answer two letters (snail mail) that I got a month or so ago. By the way, they are from two people I’ve known my whole life but haven’t seen in many years. They aren’t doing computers, so I actually have to physically write them.

  19. Glenda says:

    I lean to be more proactive about my home business and stop being afraid to approach people.

  20. Lyz says:

    Needed this kick in the ass today!
    I’m so close to figuring out that *thing* I’m supposed to do, but until I do I just sit and procrastinate doing anything towards my potential business… Thank you for your sign today Erin – I’m taking action 🙂

  21. Joan says:

    Sometimes you say the Best things at the Best times!!!! You have listed so many of the things I hear in my own head about Not facing some things…like
    continuing my writing And learning to use my wonderful camera. How can a grown person be afraid of a camera? How silly is that? So I am placing it on the kitchen counter to begin working with it just after I face mowing the backyard….one of my short workouts for the day.
    Thanks for being your real self with us, Erin. The more the innermost challenge are shared the more we see how much alike we all are. Thanks once again.

  22. Lisa says:

    I want to start running again. I want to turn that voice off inside my head that says all the reasons why I can’t, and choose courage over comfort and hear the positive voice that says I can!

  23. anna says:

    Today, I choose courage over comfort. I choose myself, over fear.

    Research Proposal – meet with my adviser. breathe, you got this.

    MSE 410 Proposal w/ group – DONE & FINISH IT.

    MSE 402 PPT –> 5 slides

  24. Sarah says:

    Putting off writing a piece of content that shouldn’t be hard but it’s super important to me.. gotta just do it.

    Thanks for the encouraging message today!

  25. CS says:

    I just want to share a story that really had a huge impact on me regarding nibbling away at a project. I believe it was the Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper who wanted to write a sports book. He was truly a very busy man. However, every day, no matter what, he would set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes, and write something. Sometimes he would write for longer of course. It took him 5 or 6 years, I believe, but he finished and published “A Great Game” I try and remember this lesson – that anything can be accomplished in increments.
    Thanks for today’s post Erin – it brought the lesson back to the front of my brain, and it’s now time to set my timer and make my Pesach plan, which I keep putting off!

  26. Steph says:

    Reading this post I felt like I was reading my own thoughts and feelings in real time on the computer screen. A little eerie, actually. I am having a challenging productivity week.

    As for my accountability task, one word–TAXES.

  27. TERI PINNELL says:

    I have been putting off finding another job. I’m 54 and a paramedic, I’m afraid there is nothing close to home that I can do without a degree. Time to go back to school and learn something eles.