I’ve recently discovered the world of podcasts, and one recently struck a chord with me.

I’m a massive believer in pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, as that’s where the hardest and most valuable lessons are learned in my opinion. Key decisions in my life have been driven by wanting to challenge myself; playing rugby, getting into recruitment, moving to Sydney from London etc.

If you’re unfamiliar with the man in the title, David Goggins, don’t worry most people are. David was a US Navy Seal that had to give up the job he loved because of a hole in his heart. Looking for a challenge, he threw himself into ultra-marathon running (races of approx. 100miles in one go) to raise money for charity. Yes, you read that right. 100 miles, no stopping. When he tried to sign up for his first race, the organiser said he had to prove he could run 100 miles in under 24 hours, and there was a track nearby of 1 mile in length he could be timed on.

With no prior marathon training or experience, David ran 100 miles in 19 hours.

I’m aware this is an extreme example of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, but the message hit me hard. Humans are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for, and you are completely in control of your own life. It ties into a concept David learned in the Navy Seals called the 40% rule: “when your mind is telling you you're done, you're really only 40% done”.

If you feel you’re not reaching your potential, I’d urge you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Find an opportunity that develops you as a person, and then commit to it. Now granted it doesn’t have to be running 100 miles in a day, but any small step that helps you get to your goals is a positive.

Whether it’s an extra-curricular activity with work, a new skill you want to learn, a hobby you’ve lost track of, that career move you’ve always wanted to make. The feeling of regret and “what if?” down the line will be much more powerful than the fear of taking that leap.

*Source: The Joe Rogan Experience podcast #1080