Get Comfortable with Discomfort
The thing about a comfort zone is it is so…comfortable.
We know everything about how we should feel and how we should act in a comfort zone. It is easy. It is predictable. It is controllable. It is comfortable.
But we do not grow by doing what we already know we can do. We are not moving forward, we are not learning, we are not growing when we stay in our comfort zone.
There is a fine line between comfortable and stagnant.
We need to routinely step outside of our comfort zone to grow. If we stay comfortable all the time, our professional skills regress and our personal relationships suffer because the world is moving forward while we are standing still.
In our economy, we cannot afford to be comfortable with our degrees, skills, and knowledge. We must keep moving forward.
The more time we spend outside our comfort zone the bigger our comfort zone grows.
I often wonder why so many people’s goal is to be comfortable all the time. Being comfortable is boring.
We should make it our goal to be comfortable with discomfort.
Discomfort is a sign that we are challenging ourselves.
Every single day pick just one thing to do that takes you out of your comfort zone.
- Smile at a stranger.
- Chat with the cashier at the grocery store.
- Tack on a sprint at the end of your run.
- Add one more rep to your weight set.
- Speak up in a meeting at work.
- Apply for that job you want.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Expand your comfort zone day by day so eventually you have a larger and more fulfilling career and life.