A while back, I was watching Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, and something the trainer said to one of his makeover candidates really made me stop and think:
“You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
That one little sentence has been lodged in my brain ever since. It’s so simple, yet so profound.
We spend so much of our lives seeking comfort. Even when we’re going through a time that’s uncomfortable, we tell ourselves it’s only temporary, and that things will get better when we get through it. Then we’ll be able to relax and be comfortable again. (Either that, or we try to find a way to back out and retreat to our comfort zone.)
And why shouldn’t we want to be comfortable? It’s a nice feeling. But how much are we growing or challenging ourselves when we’re really comfortable? I don’t know about you, but in my case, usually, not much at all…
OK, so discomfort is a part of personal growth. But do we have to grit our teeth and resist it so much? What if we embraced it as a sign we are evolving into something more instead of viewing it as something to be endured or avoided? I think this kind of mental shift could make the difference between just getting by, and being unstoppable.
(The next time I’m feeling whiny because things are tough, I’m going to try to remember I said that. )
How do YOU handle discomfort? Do you grin and bear it, run away, or embrace it?
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