Getting uncomfortable with it

uncomfortable roads less travelled

If we are growing we are always going to be out of our comfort zone.

John Maxwell

True words I wholeheartedly agree with.

Like a lot of humans, I love to be comfortable (I wrote that braless). Nothing to me is more amazing than getting in some lounge wear (taking the bra off) and settling into a routine of unwinding from a day of productivity, whatever your productivity is. There is comfort in knowing how your day is going to go, what you have planned for the week and the coming months. There is comfort in knowing you have an income deposited into your chequing account bi-monthly, you know where to buy your groceries for the best prices, what running trails lead you where, and who your spin instructor is on whichever given day.

Life can run like a well-oiled machine.

I like well-oiled machines.

Routines may make you feel at ease and in control, but what a constant routine really does is dull your sensitivities… If you don’t get out of your comfort zone, you might find yourself tuning out much of your life on a daily basis.

But, even well-oiled machines meet bumps in the road and sometimes those bumps are exactly what we need to encounter. Sticking with metaphors here, they can veer us off a course we thought was ours, that we thought was right for us. And sometimes instead of fighting and exhausting ourselves to stay on that track, it may be in our best interest to simply (as if it ever was simple) let go and find another way.

Sometimes them bumps make life a little uncomfortable. And like all those inspired quotes floating around the interwebs and sporting goods’ commercials, it’s in the discomfort where the magic happens. Where growth happens. Where you’re confronted with making a choice to grin and bare it and come out the other side a slightly—or significantly—more evolved you. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

…when you go out of your way to experience new things, or when you let new things happen to you, your body creates brand new neural pathways that fuel your creative spark and enhance your memory.

And so, when the path you’re on zigs or zags and takes you someplace you weren’t anticipating, go forth, take a leap of faith as they say and dive head-first into the depths of the unknown.

It’s a terrible thing in life, I think, to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

Hugh Laurie

Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.


According to Forbes’ Why Feeling Uncomfortable Is The Key To Success article, there are four steps to managing discomfort, because being uncomfortable really leads to feelings of happiness (putting yourself in situations that are new to you triggers a part of the brain that releases dopamine).

They are as follows:

  1. Get a clear head
  2. Identify the source
  3. Reflect
  4. Take the plunge

If you’re sitting comfortably, it’s worth the read.



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