"Enjoy all you have while you pursue all you want."
- Jim Rohn
I don't know about you but I am not an 'either/or' type of person. I'm a 'both/and' person.
I want to provide tremendous value to my clients and earn a good living.
I want to workout regularly to be fit and enjoy good food.
I want to travel, have some nice things and be very generous in giving to others.
A few years ago I came up the term 'positive discontent.'
Here's what I mean; it's important and healthy to be grateful for all our blessings while still working to improve our lot in life.
Take care to avoid the two extremes.
A complacent person is far too easily pleased. They have no desire or see no need for personal growth. They are self-satisfied. They resist the uncomfortable. They don't challenge themselves. They coast.
A malcontent is someone who is constantly disgruntled or dissatisfied. Nothing is ever enough. It's always pushed, push, push for more. A malcontent overlooks what's right. A malcontent misses experiencing joy in life for always wanting something else.
So how can you practice Positive Discontent? I am glad you asked.
1. PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Regularly take time to reflect on all the good things you have in life.
2. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
When we compare ourselves to others, we either come away with a superiority or inferiority complex. Neither are healthy.
The only comparison you should make is who you are today vs. who you could be. Then pursue closing that gap.
3. LOOK AT YOURSELF AS A WORK IN PROGRESS, NOT THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Seek to constantly improve. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Make excellence a personal standard.
The word thrive literally means to grow or develop vigorously. It's not perfection, it's direction.
So no more coasting. The only direction you can coast is downhill.