Radhanath Swami Answers: In order to make progress in any field, you should have faith in where you are going and you must be willing to take a certain amount of risk. A mother is gladly willing to go through so many changes, and she is gladly willing to come out of her cosy zone because she wants a child. She goes though the changes with gratitude because she is so happy that she has a child that will grow up.
It is much cosier to sit on your couch, eat potato chips and watch television than get up and run. But if you want to be healthy you have to run and work on health. On every level, to progress, tapasya or austerity is required.
We have to come out of the cosy zone for achieving anything. If you do not do it willingly for a higher cause – and the highest cause is to reconnect with God – material nature is going to tear you out anyways. Disease tears you out of cosy zone; old age tears you out of cosy zone. Nobody can remain in cosy zone, so why be attached to it? Have faith in higher cause and step out to make progress.