Become Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
We have all heard that challenges make us more. They make us grow. They make us become even better than we are are today.
Yet, most of us avoid challenging ourselves.
We prefer to remain in our so-called ‘comfort zone’.
And that is the worst place to be because nothing ever happens in the comfort zone.
So what does it take to get out of your comfort zone? Well it certainly takes courage to overcome our inner fears of failure, self-doubt, and vulnerability.
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot chose both.” – Dr. Brene Brown, Author, Speaker, Professor
Getting out of your comfort zone also means taking risk, making changes, overcoming the unknowns, dealing with stress, etc.
So why would we want to do that and go through all those things most of us don’t like?
Let’s just stay comfortable.
I remember when I decided to buy a retail franchise at age 24. Wow, I was so uncomfortable!
But I did it anyways and then while in it, I really started to feel more comfortable. It was one of those defining moments in my life.
The problem is that staying comfortable means we don’t grow as individuals. The fact that being uncomfortable makes us uneasy is a good thing.
It forces us to grow, learn, experience, relate and adapt to so many things in life.
And we all want a more meaningful and rewarding life, don’t we?
Do we want to look back at our life and say – “Yup, it was very comfortable, nothing exciting and that’s about it”.
Or do we want to say – “Boy what a ride! Ups and downs like a rollercoaster, fun, sadness, pain, never a dull moment but it was so worth it and look where we are today!”
So you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.
And that means being vulnerable, vulnerable to failure, to mocking and humiliation, to dislike, to isolation, etc.
It means being able to recognize and deal with your vulnerability. If you don’t overcome your vulnerability, you won’t be able to tap into your inner strength to get out of your comfort zone.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” – Dr. Brene Brown, Author, Speaker, Professor
So getting out of your comfort zone starts with your vulnerability.
We are all vulnerable and we have all put up walls since we were young to protect our vulnerability.
And those walls have to come down to allow us to get out out of the comfort zone.
So take time to identify those inner walls, those beliefs, those restraints that you have erected to protect your vulnerability. By being aware of them, then you will know why you need to be moving out of your comfort zone.
You will become more comfortable being uncomfortable.