“When you become comfortable with being uncomfortable, there is no
limit on your growth. Embrace discomfort.”
– Henry Cloud
Have you ever run a race, whether it be road or trial running or any activity for that matter and found yourself cursing at the beginning and asking questions on why you are doing this? You go through all these motions…but as soon as you cross that finish line the euphoria of achievement (and awesomeness!) overwhelms you and you literally sign up for the next race! All discomfort forgotten. I still have my moments, but my cursing spats have decreased a lot. From the discomfort you felt at the beginning you have come out stronger and even more encouraged and determined than before.
And that is life. We have seasons of discomfort in our lives and the beautiful secret is to learn how to deal with it. I’ve been more distressed lately. I’m fighting with myself and I’m fighting with Chris. I feel despondent because I don’t want to make the same mistakes again. I don’t want to hurt like that again and I don’t want anyone else to hurt like that again.
I realised this morning (a slow creeping up on me realisation) that sometimes we need discomfort in our lives. It doesn’t lead to happiness – we fall into our comfortable comfort zones and we become lazy. Lazy in life, health, fitness and love. We become forgetful – forgetful about special needs, moments and what’s important. It often leads to self-absorption, boredom and discontent.
Discomfort is a catalyst for growth. It makes us yearn for something more. It forces us to change, stretch, and adapt.
As a result I believe this feeling of desolation is a sign of progress. Obviously only if you actively make a choice to better your personal development. Personal engagement, happiness, and satisfaction come when we’re making progress toward significant goals. Stepping outside of your comfort zone…because that is where the magic happens.