Discomfort Won’t Kill You

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Discomfort Won’t Kill You

What can kill opportunity, action and ideas is your comfort zone, though. If you make sticking to the comfort zone a habit, all you’ll get is what you’ve always had. You’ll be in the same place as you always were, but just a little bit older. There won’t be any personal growth within the comfort zone, it begins when you leave your comfort zone.

While your mind/body crave the ease of routines and you naturally feel the pull of safety, your growth is dependent on your ability to withstand discomfort. Explore new ideas, try new disciplines, walk down a different path, and don’t settle into a single routine. There are always new ways to do and be better at what you do.

When you leave yourself unchecked, you are going to default to the comfort zone. It is just what it is. It offers you mental security. Don’t get me wrong – that is valuable. There is value in retreating to your comfort zone to hit the reset button. However, it should be a vacation spot, not a long-term living situation.

There are different world conditions also that squeeze our comfort zones into smaller spaces. The economy, the political landscape, and your social situation all influence your comfort zone. The more scared you are, the smaller your comfort zone will be. You may think this sounds positive, but it’s actually more difficult to break out of your comfort zone in these cases.

Failure to explore new ideas and failure to challenge yourself leaves you doing what feels great in each moment. That might sound great, but we often do this as a way to stay comfortable and avoid the discomfort of stretching ourselves.
Knowledge is what will keep you from being left behind. Constantly improving yourself and acquiring new skills will push you forward and exercise your mind. Finding comfort in discomfort is not easy, it requires practice. It isn’t easy to stretch yourself to the limits, you will reach a point where giving up seems like the best option.

Don’t just settle for the information in front of you, be curious. When your mind starts to wander, offer it a destination. Build habits that force you into trying new things. Perhaps every Friday night could be your day to pick up an album or book that you normally won’t engage with.

Maybe you can drive a different way to and from work or order something different from the menu. When you do this consistently, you can move on to bigger things. Like, choose a new course every few months.
True growth is about action – daily, disciplined and measured action. It’s pursuing opportunities and stretching yourself far beyond your comfort zone. It might take you into the unknown, but why is discomfort so terrifying to us? Your brain is a muscle and it’s up to you how you exercise it.

Show interest in others, strike up a conversation with new people, and engage with new places, things, ideas, and events. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, observe the world around you, try it, and learn. Think about how children operate in the world. At some point, we lose that wide-eyed gaze.

We tend to know exactly what’s going on in our comfort zone. That’s why it’s so comfortable – the predictability of everything makes us feel safe. However, allowing fear of the unknown to keep you where you are will stifle every part of you. Outside your comfort zone, pretty much everything is unknown.

Let go of expectations and accept the results your actions produce. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and embrace discomfort.
When you think about taking risks and you consider change, think about this Tony Robbins quote – “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”. Is discomfort that much of a risk? It seems as though the bigger risk is doing nothing and sitting still in your comfort zone.

Nobody said it was easy, you can guarantee that it’ll be harder than you anticipated. That’s okay. Keep pushing. The truth is if you don’t do something, you’ll change nothing.
If you become too comfortable, you won’t be productive. Likewise, if you push yourself to be too uncomfortable, you won’t be productive. It’s finding the sweet spot of productive discomfort. Push free from your comfort zone because your success depends on it. As you learn to perform outside of your comfort zone, you will get better at it.

Discomfort will pass.

What can kill opportunity, action and ideas is your comfort zone, though. If you make sticking to the comfort zone a habit, all you’ll get is what you’ve always had. You’ll be in the same place as you always were, but just a little bit older. There won’t be any personal growth within the comfort zone, it begins when you leave your comfort zone.

While your mind/body crave the ease of routines and you naturally feel the pull of safety, your growth is dependent on your ability to withstand discomfort. Explore new ideas, try new disciplines, walk down a different path, and don’t settle into a single routine. There are always new ways to do and be better at what you do.

Life without risk may bore you.

When you leave yourself unchecked, you are going to default to the comfort zone. It is just what it is. It offers you mental security. Don’t get me wrong – that is valuable. There is value in retreating to your comfort zone to hit the reset button. However, it should be a vacation spot, not a long-term living situation.

There are different world conditions also that squeeze our comfort zones into smaller spaces. The economy, the political landscape, and your social situation all influence your comfort zone. The more scared you are, the smaller your comfort zone will be. You may think this sounds positive, but it’s actually more difficult to break out of your comfort zone in these cases. We prefer to live in an illusion.

Failure to challenge yourself leaves you unfulfilled.

Failure to explore new ideas and failure to challenge yourself leaves you doing what feels great in each moment. That might sound great, but we often do this as a way to stay comfortable and avoid the discomfort of stretching ourselves.

Knowledge is what will keep you from being left behind. Constantly improving yourself and acquiring new skills will push you forward and exercise your mind. Finding comfort in discomfort is not easy, it requires practice. It isn’t easy to stretch yourself to the limits, you will reach a point where giving up seems like the best option. However, the only way to make a better life for yourself and to be a smarter and better person is to embrace discomfort.

Be curious, don't settle.

Don’t just settle for the information in front of you, be curious. When your mind starts to wander, offer it a destination. Build habits that force you into trying new things. Perhaps every Friday night could be your day to pick up an album or book that you normally won’t engage with.

Maybe you can drive a different way to and from work or order something different from the menu. When you do this consistently, you can move on to bigger things. Like, choose a new course every few months.

True growth is about action – daily, disciplined and measured action.

True growth is about action – daily, disciplined and measured action. It’s pursuing opportunities and stretching yourself far beyond your comfort zone. It might take you into the unknown, but why is discomfort so terrifying to us? Your brain is a muscle and it’s up to you how you exercise it.

Show interest in others, strike up a conversation with new people, and engage with new places, things, ideas, and events. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, observe the world around you, try it, and learn. Think about how children operate in the world. At some point, we lose that wide-eyed gaze. Embrace that you can grow outside of your comfort zone. This means you can grow in confidence in every area of your life.

Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and embrace discomfort.

We tend to know exactly what’s going on in our comfort zone. That’s why it’s so comfortable – the predictability of everything makes us feel safe. However, allowing fear of the unknown to keep you where you are will stifle every part of you. Outside your comfort zone, pretty much everything is unknown. In all honesty, though, pretty much everything is unknown inside of your comfort zone as well. You know what you have planned for work tomorrow, but you don’t know what life is going to throw at you to disrupt your day. All you know is what you’ve planned.

Let go of expectations and accept the results your actions produce. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and embrace discomfort.

When you think about taking risks and you consider change.

When you think about taking risks and you consider change, think about this Tony Robbins quote – “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”. Is discomfort that much of a risk? It seems as though the bigger risk is doing nothing and sitting still in your comfort zone.

Nobody said it was easy, you can guarantee that it’ll be harder than you anticipated. That’s okay. Keep pushing. The truth is if you don’t do something, you’ll change nothing.

If you become too comfortable, you won’t be productive.

If you become too comfortable, you won’t be productive. Likewise, if you push yourself to be too uncomfortable, you won’t be productive. It’s finding the sweet spot of productive discomfort. Push free from your comfort zone because your success depends on it. As you learn to perform outside of your comfort zone, you will get better at it. More importantly, you will be willing to venture out more often.

Getting used to discomfort takes time. But, if you have a solid plan and the courage required to move forward, then who knows what you’ll achieve.

With a solid plan and the courage to move forward, then who knows what you’ll achieve.

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