Last night as I was beginning to edit the Coker Wedding Film, I started thinking about my dreams for the future and the things which have stopped me from going after them in the past.

The things that keep us from accomplishing what we’ve always wanted to do are comfort and comparison.

Together they kill joy, productivity, patience, and sanity.

Over the past three years I’ve made commitments to exercise, create YouTube videos, and all sorts of habits. But then comfort and comparison convince me otherwise.

They say things like

“Why be healthy when you can eat whatever you want and watch Netflix? Besides you’ll never look like that guy anyway.”

“She’s a way better filmmaker than you. Why even try? Besides, it’s easier just to come up with ideas and never do anything with them.”

“You don’t have time to learn about business. You’re never going to have a lot of money anyways so what’s the point?

“Do you know how long it takes to write a book? Besides you suck at writing so nobody would read it anyway.”

And in reality, there’s some truth in those statements. There are people who are stronger, smarter, better skilled, and more disciplined than I am. But there’s no reason why I can’t strive to become like those people.

Currently, I’m in the process of learning how to take comparison and use it to compel rather than cripple me.

And rather than choosing constant comfort, I’m learning how to instead regularly rest so that I can keep going after where I’m being led.

In the Hero’s Quest, the main character always has a moment where adventure is calling out but it’s refused. But then after meeting a mentor or some other significant person, the hero decides to cross that threshold into the rest of their story.

In a way that’s where I am. And I can’t to wait to take on whatever is to come in this journey and see how it changes me when it’s all said and done.

My question for you is how have comfort and comparison stopped you from going after your dreams?

Tell me about your journey and let’s see how we can fight these things together.