What does it mean to hide behind what it easy?
When you decide to hide behind what is easy, you limit yourself to safe or comfortable options rather than stepping outside your comfort zone to try something new or challenging.
Hanging out in your comfort zone and surrounding yourself with the familiar feels like the best place to be. It’s called the “comfort” zone for a reason – when you let yourself stick to what’s familiar and easy, you never face any adversity, challenge, or strange territory. You never have to worry about surprises or discomfort when you choose the easy route in life.
However, hiding behind what is easy offers extremely limited chances to learn new things and grow as a person. Your comfort zone is a place of homeostasis – not much changes and things tend to stay the same there. If everything always stays the same in your life, you aren’t learning new things or developing as a person.
This is why your comfort zone is such an easy place to hide. When you’re surrounding yourself with choices made from the comfort zone, you aren’t facing any character development or new, exciting experiences. Instead, you’re coasting through life on the familiar.
What does it mean to “fight for it” instead of hiding behind what is easy?
Rather than sticking around your comfort zone and hiding behind what is easy, “fighting for it” refers to the act of taking risks, accepting challenges, and trying new experiences. Any time you decide to take a risk, accept a challenge, or try something new, you’re choosing the harder route because doing these things requires you to exit your comfort zone.
Fighting for what you want and pushing against the urge to stay in your comfort zone require drive, determination, and grit. Exiting your comfort zone to fight for something and chase that harder route can prove to be challenging and uncomfortable.
However, folks who decide to “fight for it” and really go after what they want in life know that the payout is more than worth it – they gain life experiences, new skills, fresh relationships, and a plethora of opportunities.
What are the benefits of fighting for something instead of hiding behind what is easy?
Choosing to be a “fighter” rather than a “hider” comes with a ton of fantastic benefits. For example, folks who choose to fight for it rather than hiding behind what’s easy…
- Find a deeper sense of satisfaction in their achievements.
Because fighters take the more challenging route to accomplish goals and grow as people, their achievements feel deeply satisfying. When they finally reach their end goals, they enjoy them even more because they know they worked extra hard to get themselves to that success.
- Have a higher level of resiliency.
When you regularly fight for something instead of taking the easy route, you find a lot of success…as well as some upset and heartbreak. With any good fight comes the chance for something to go wrong.
Unfortunately, failures and making mistakes is a natural part of life. However, folks who fight for what they want are often far more resilient than their “hiding” counterparts – when they experience a setback, they’re more likely to bounce back and find a new way to continue on their journey rather than allowing themselves to be stopped.
- Enjoy an exciting and fulfilling life.
People who fight for it rather than hide behind what’s easy enjoy so many amazing people, places, and experiences in their lives. Taking that challenging route takes you on a life journey with no limits.
When you’re fighting for what you want, you go on a lot of adventures along the way to meeting your goals – within those challenging times, you meet great people, learn lots of skills, and experience lots of exciting places.
If you tend to hide behind what’s easy, how can you become more of a “fighter”?
Learning how to fight for it is a skill you can acquire through practice and time. Changing your attitude from hiding to fighting requires a major shift in habits, so being patient with yourself is key. Consider the following strategies to develop more of a “fight for it” attitude:
- Challenge yourself to do one small thing outside of your comfort zone each day.
A great way to approach exiting your comfort zone is to begin slowly. Start by doing one small thing outside of your comfort zone each day that requires very low-stakes risk. For example, you can try watching a TV show that you wouldn’t normally choose.
You can order a different meal than you normally get at a restaurant. These small steps outside your comfort zone are low risk (if you don’t like the TV show or meal, fine), but still bring you a few steps away from what’s easy and familiar.
- Get a clear picture of what you really, truly want out of life.
Understanding your deepest goals and dreams is a great way to encourage your “fighter” to come out of the darkness. It’s natural to hide behind what’s easy when you don’t really know what you want out of life.
Take some time to really reflect on your life so far and determine where you want to see yourself go in the future. Once you determine a handful of goals you want to meet, begin picturing how you’re going to get yourself there.
Visualizing these goals helps you see the possibilities before you – with those images in mind, you’ll feel the urge to embrace your inner fighter so you can begin working toward them.
- Give yourself permission to make mistakes and fail.
Fighters aren’t perfect people (spoiler: nobody is). Even when they’re working extra hard to push themselves into new, challenging situations, they aren’t always going to find success on the other side of their efforts. Making mistakes and experiencing failure is a natural part of life for everyone and giving yourself permission to make those mistakes and fail is a big part of embracing your inner fighter.