Get Comfortable With Discomfort!
“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something others are unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.” — Seth Godin
The secret to success lies in the very thing you’re avoiding. Those things that seem to break you down and humble your spirit. Seek out discomfort. Be deliberate about doing things that push your limits magnificently. Difficulty helps us to grow. If you want long-term success, stop avoiding what’s hard, and embrace it now. If you’re truly pushing yourself to improve — in any capacity whatsoever — you are uncomfortable.
When you are challenged, you are asked to become more than you were. That means creating new perspectives, acquiring new skills and pushing boundaries. In other words you have to expand your understanding in order to be able to overcome the obstacles facing you.
If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.
Learning to be comfortable with discomfort is one of the most important skills you can ever have to live a truly fulfilling life. If you learn this skill, you can master pretty much anything.
Pamela Madsen, author or “Shameless” explains:
I don’t think that staying with discomfort comes naturally. And finding ways to be with your discomfort is an essential skill for staying in the race. Any personal growth usually involves some kind of ability to stay with feelings of discomfort.
Let’s face it. If you are a seeker of any kind you will push boundaries. When we reach for personal transformation and start pushing edges and boundaries in our lives — we meet “the big work” and feelings of discomfort and wanting to flee from change surface.
If you master discomfort, you can master just about anything!
‘Discomfort is very much part of my master plan.’ — Jonathan Lethem
Discomfort can be the joyful key that opens up everything for you. You can beat procrastination, start a new habit, learn a new language, make it through challenges and physically gruelling events, explore new things, speak on a stage, and even embrace the minimalist lifestyle.
These tasks may seem more ‘painful’ at first, but you’ll achive more that can impact your end result. And that will be just the start.
Repeitition expands your comfort boundaries. If you practice your discomforts enough, with different activities, your comfort zone will expand to include discomfort. And then you can master your personal bubble.
Think about it. How many things were once uncomfortable for you which you now accept without difficulty?
Unfortunately, many people avoid discomfort. They do everything they can to avoid it. They are just too comfortable to be pushed or bothered to make a change or improve their lives. This is perhaps the biggest limiting factor for most people, and it’s why you can’t change your habits.
But the good news is, whatever you are feeling discomfort about, there is someone else out there, feeling exactly the same thing. You are never really along in your discomfort. Sometimes just knowing that can make us feel more comfortable in pushing beyond the obvious.
Discomfort is a catalyst for progress!
‘Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits.’ — Jerry Dunn
Think of the mind as a muscle that naturally tightens up over time unless it is consciously worked upon. Your personal growth significanlty depends on new challenges and activities. Tackle the fear that has kept you from living your best life. Your mind has a way of rising to the occasion. Challenge it, and it will reward you.
Challenge your mind — even making it a little uncomfortable by pushing yourself to learn tasks that may not come naturally. Most things seems impossible until they are done. Give yourself permission to think and act beyong the usual.
Great life, work or art, like a healthy financial portfolio, takes time to mature. Your best work and life is ahead of you and will emerge with patient attention, time, and strategic action. And you are the only one that can push yourself a little bit further.
In an interview with Outside Magazine, Dean Karnazes (The Ultramarathon Man and Author of ‘Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner’, made a profound statement:
Western culture has things a little backwards right now. We think that if we had every comfort available to us, we’d be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now we’re so comfortable we’re miserable. There’s no struggle in our lives. No sense of adventure. We get in a car, we get in an elevator, it all comes easy. What I’ve found is that I’m never more alive than when I’m pushing and I’m in pain, and I’m struggling for high achievement, and in that struggle I think there’s a magic.
You have to practice, even when it hurts.
“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” -Anthony Robbins
The simple fact of the matter is that most of the time we are inconsistent. You have to keep challenging yourself, keep pushing yourself beyond your limits. I can guarantee that if you set a schedule for any task and start sticking to it, there will be days when you feel like quitting. That never goes away. But the ultimate goal will keep you sane. And progress will be your ultimate motivation. Stepping up when it’s annoying or painful or draining builds character. Be good at making time for what matters to you — especially when you don’t feel like it.
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