Today’s topic hit me like a brick when I was doing just that–embracing the uncomfortable.
Why would anyone do such a crazy thing? It hardly makes sense.
Or does it?
Our nature as human beings is to try to better ourselves in some way. Perhaps we’d like a better job, better relationships, better living conditions, better health.
Getting better at ANYTHING doesn’t happen unless we take some type of action. Sitting quietly and wishing it so is not effective.
Hence, embracing the uncomfortable.
In order for personal growth to occur, we must push past our comfort level and take on new challenges.
Pushing through the fear in one arena of life helps propel us in others. We gain the confidence that we are capable of doing something we’ve never done before.
For instance, consider those athletes who have been training months for a marathon and finally get past the finish line on race day. I’d bet that the experience was rather uncomfortable—miles of training, eating right, saying “no” to some fun in order to get proper rest, overcoming injuries, dealing with unfavorable weather conditions.
Yet, they did it. Knowing they accomplished such a feat brings about an inner strength that did not exist prior.
The good news is that you don’t need to run a marathon to experience similar results. Do something that challenges or scares you, just a little. Then go do something else that challenges or scares you. Keep repeating the process. It’s a good habit to develop.
Getting comfortable in your day-to-day life may lead to complacency. Yawn.
Today I took a class at the gym that I’d never done before. It challenged me. It pushed me to a place of uncomfortable. And I’m still here to talk about it.
Try a new class, take those piano lessons you’ve always talked about, cook a vegetable you’ve never tried, search for the job you’ll really love, read a book of a different genre.
It’s good to mix things up.
What would you like to do or change, that feels a bit out of your reach? If you’re stuck, I’m here to help you figure it out.
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”–Max DePree