That's the message Jesse Itzler conveyed during his presentation at the 2016 Freedom Fast Lane Live conference in Austin, Texas. Itzler, a successful entrepreneur and part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, shared how to change your mindset from having limiting beliefs, or a fixed mindset, to unlocking unlimited growth potential, or creating a growth mindset.
Here's a statement from his backstage interview at Freedom Fast Lane Live:
"It is important to remember that we all have more in us, and that we really put these limitations on ourselves," he said. "And only by getting uncomfortable can we really figure out what we're truly made of and capable of.
"I was trying to encourage everybody to get out of their comfort zone, and push the limits, and see what the hell they're made of."
In order to break through those barriers, Itzler decided to invite a Navy SEAL to live with him and his family for 30 days, following SEAL's routine and letting him push Itzler beyond what he thought possible.
“When he moved in with me, I was in a great place in my life, and I still am,” Itzler explained in an earlier interview with Ryan Daniel Moran on the Freedom Fast Lane podcast. “I was married, and I still am.
"I had a child. I now have four. And I had done okay. I thought I was operating at a high level for me personally.
"But like so many of us, I was in this routine. My routine was get up, work out, go to work, come home with my family time, dinner, put the kids down, repeat, and it was amazing.
I was so comfortable. I was doing it every day. And because I was doing it every day, it became almost like a rut.
"Like, I was so comfortable in that space that I stopped taking chances. I stopped dreaming big. I started putting things off until tomorrow. … And I wasn’t getting better. So I needed to shake it up.
"Obviously everyone’s not going to hire a Navy SEAL to shake it up. But for me, I learned a lot, and a lot of the things I’ve been able to share and take with me once he left.”
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