There are many situations where we must be uncomfortable in order to grow and learn. For example, if you want to become stronger, you must lift weights that are heavy. If you want to reduce pain you have got to look at exercise, diet, hydration, sleep, breathwork and mindset. If you want to improve your writing skills, you should write more often rather than sit at home all day watching Netflix. If you want to get flat abdominals you have got to look at what you are eating. When the body has dis-ease or de- pression it is a disconnection, something needs to change.
If you always stay in your comfort zone and avoid situations where you might fail or be uncomfortable, then there is no way for you to grow as an individual. I get numerous clients calling me back a year later or years later with the same problem. Teachers call me telling me they want to teach apparatus but then always have an excuse and are unwilling to make the effort to visit the studio.
This is thing being uncomfortable can be a leaver for intense growth and an opportunity to change if you wish. What ever you resist in life will persist. So in other words not exercising, working in a business plan, eating less inflammatory food, looking at other ways to generate income or working on injury, situation or disease will usually get worse. I have learnt this the hard way.
Taking risk in life is the only way that you will find out what could be. You will never know about that new job, moving house, finishing that relationship or starting that new hobby until you try. With regards to the physical body, the body is always a reflection of our mindset and habits. If you want to change your body you have to change your thinking and what you are doing.
We all have a story which we repeat like a parrot over and over again. The challenge is to break that story and reach and leap out. Osho calls it ‘No mind’. Even when you make that leap it is not going to be easy and life will always have ups and downs.
How high our threshold is varies from person to person. The higher your threshold, the more comfortable you are with being uncomfortable. However, there are steps you can take to make stepping outside your comfort zone easier regardless of your natural comfort level.
But this is why I constantly make myself uncomfortable. As how on earth can I expect clients, staff and my family to change and try different things, if I am not changing myself. I have witnessed so many clients give on their bodys, their chronic pain and their weight over the last two years.
You see we all want the best out of life but in many different ways. This may be your body, your garden, your business, your car, your house, your lifestyle, your holidays…..When we make a purchase of anything material or we receive a therapy or eat a meal or drink, we receive instant gratification.
But with your own body, your work, your mindset, your career, your relationships, your business, your children and your sport you have got to be prepared to put in the time, effort and discomfort to achieve the result.
How to Embrace Discomfort
Embracing discomfort won’t be easy, but it’s necessary if you want to experience personal growth. The first step is recognizing the things that make you uncomfortable and knowing how they make you feel. This will enable you to identify what types of experiences to seek out. Knowing the unique triggers that make you uncomfortable and facing those challenges instead of turning away from them is the best way to learn and grow.
Below are some ways to embrace discomfort:
Stop following the crowd and start putting in the time, reps, sets and loads Take risks and challenge yourself by doing uncomfortable things. Do something that you’re uncomfortable doing, even if it doesn’t result in immediate positive feedback or reward. Having the experience of “doing” builds confidence and helps build skills to deal with future problems that may arise outside of your comfort zone.
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