Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable

I watched a video this week documenting older people and their lessons in life after living for 100 years  (available here).

It got me thinking about what advice I would impart on someone who was young now.

‘Get comfortable being uncomfortable.’

In our society today we live with more ‘comfort’ than the history of humankind which is great, right?

Well, yes on the surface it’s improved our everyday lives. On the flip side we’ve linked discomfort to a threat to our survival. Being uncomfortable can trigger a hormonal response in our brains – which puts us on edge and can switch on our fight or flight response. Now this is pretty bad considering the only way to progress and grow is through forcing ourselves from our comfort zones. This feeling can prevent people from fully living and simply ‘existing’.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

You can apply this lesson to every area of your life and it will open so many doors for you.

It’ll enable you to connect and interact with people you would never have imagined.

It’ll enable you to learn about new cultures from every corner of the world.

It’ll enable you to learn about yourself fully.

It’ll enable you to live with an open mind and think for yourself.

It’ll enable you appreciate that everyone is in a constant state of change.

It’ll enable you to follow your dreams and do what you love.

It’ll enable you to learn about anything you desire.

It’ll enable you to depart from situations which don’t serve you.

Once you test this in your own life – and you realise that ‘discomfort’ is not going to hurt you – you’ll no longer be trapped by the illusion your brain has created.

Don’t suffer and live in a state of comfort. If you want to grow, you must break free and ride the waves of discomfort.

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