Anything You Want in Life Will Be Yours … When You Can Get Comfortable
With Being Uncomfortable

Nobody likes being uncomfortable.

It’s not pleasant. It’s not fun. And it’s something you certainly try to avoid whenever you can.

The truth is, however, whatever goal it is you want to achieve lies in the realm of discomfort.

Think about it: we all tend to live in our comfort zones. And if there’s something of significance we want but don’t yet have – it’s because it’s outside of our comfort zone (otherwise, we’d already have it!).

Do you want to launch your freelance business? One of the things you’ll have to do is start conversations with potential clients. For many, this can be HIGHLY uncomfortable. Yet, if you don’t let yourself into this realm of discomfort, you’ll never get those clients!

Do you want to get in shape? You’re going to have to feel a little discomfort (cravings, hunger pangs, muscle soreness, etc.).

Want to date that guy or gal? You’ll have to be okay with feeling a little discomfort in the form of awkwardness or potential embarrassment/rejection.

Need to repair a relationship with someone important in your life? There’s going to be the discomfort of confrontation or having to go through some uncomfortable conversations.

I could go on and on. But I’m sure you get the point.

Achieving anything of significance in life is initially going to be uncomfortable.

The good news is, the more you do the thing that makes you uncomfortable, the sooner it becomes comfortable. And, the more willing you are to step outside of your comfort zone, the more you’ll get what you want.

That’s why, if you’re serious about your personal growth and want to become more successful in all areas of your life … you should make it a goal to become “comfortable” with being uncomfortable.

See, in life, there is no standing still. Things are always in motion. If you’re not moving forwards, then you’re slowly and naturally moving backwards.

By making it a habit to regularly get out of your comfort zone, you ensure you’re always moving in the right direction.

You’ll grow more, do more, and be more by default.

And quite frankly, it’s the only way to achieve those big goals and dreams you may have been harboring for years.

So how do you get out of your comfort zone?

There’s no way around it – you just have to “do” it.

Yes, there will be fear. Yes, by definition, it won’t be comfortable. And yes, you’ll probably wonder why on earth you’re putting yourself through it.

But after you’ve done it, you’ll feel more confident. Your self-esteem will grow. And you’ll feel great about yourself for having done something you’ve most likely been avoiding for a long time.

So is there a specific goal you’ve wanted to achieve for a while, but haven’t?

Write it down.

Then make a commitment to take one action every day towards it – even if it makes you uncomfortable.

Do that, and I guarantee you’ll feel so much better being one step closer to getting what you want!

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Published: June 28, 2012

3 Responses to “Anything You Want in Life Will Be Yours… When You Can Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable ”

  1. Thank you for contributing this article. I really enjoyed reading it, to be sure.

    A key point is to write it down.

    Prepare a to-do list and take action based on what you have recorded in writing.

    Once you tasks are on a piece of paper, well, that means you have to honor your commitments.

    You can't really ignore it or remain indifferent to that note to your self.

    Get in the habit of taking action and crossing off that task from your list.

    That way, you know you are making progress and that feels good to know.

    Archan Mehta

  2. I'm 52 and have struggled my entire life with breaking out of my comfort zone, and I recently jumped about as far out of it as possible....I quit my steady day job of 14 years to go freelance. I woke up every morning in a panic for two weeks. I'm overwhelmed with learning it all. I have two semi regular clients and very little income...

    ...but I DID it! Can I make it fly? Maybe, maybe not. But the alternative is going back to the cubicle, and life is too short.


  3. I am just getting started in the copywriting business. I don't know how to set up a blog or a website. Both of those things make me very uncomfortable and I don't know how to get started. I like your article. My plan is to copy it and hopefully use it to help me get going.

    Linda House

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