Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! Have you heard this saying before? The first time I heard this was during a workout. Yes, a workout. There I was in my living room, doing a Jillian Michaels workout DVD. And there she was – during the peak of my exhaustion – screaming at me to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Now let me tell you. I’m a sassy person and hearing this gal scream at me through my television to get comfortable with being uncomfortable was almost enough for me to walk up to the DVD player and press off. Yes, I wanted to scream right back her, “Do you have any idea how friggin hard this is? Why don’t you do the pose?”
Then it dawned on me.
Shit. She’s right. Damn it.
Fine. I’ll finish the workout.
Surprisingly enough, this was years ago and to this day – I find myself muttering under my breath to myself: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I’ve even taken it a step further – I seek out discomfort each day. Yes, I am one of those people. The annoying person who always seeks to grow and improve. But you know what? I’d rather be seen as annoying than someone who refuses to grow.
So why do I bring this up?
It’s because change is hard. It’s uncomfortable. It isn’t pretty and it requires you to do something you haven’t done before.
But when you change and when you settle in to the discomfort of life and welcome it – that’s when magic happens.
That’s when you grow.
Ladies and gents – life is not meant to be comfortable all the time.
Life is gift and an adventure.
But to fully experience life – we must refuse complacency. We must raise our hands and say no to the easy path. We must stand up and get uncomfortable and choose growth.
I mean, how boring would it be if you were the exact same person a year from now? Or 2 years from now?
Here are 5 Ways You Can Start Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
1. Start with Your Body
This is a no brainer – but not an easy task. If you want to change – start with your body. Chances are you’re not an Olympic athlete – and improvements in your physical health most likely will improve your quality of life.
Ask yourself these questions: What is one physical activity that is challenging and I could grow from?
For me, years ago, that was running. Just thinking about running filled me up with dread. But once I started, I in turn, received massive amounts of confidence.
Give something a try that makes you uncomfortable even thinking about it, and see what happens.
2. Change Your Mindset
Yes, this is all over the internet. I get it. Blah, blah, blah. Change my mindset, change my life. Blah.
Sorry friends, it’s true. What you think about expands.
Assess your current mindset – are you caught up in negative thought patterns? Do you have insecurities, doubts and fear dictating your days?
Google mindset mastery and find a new podcast or book to dive into.
3. Do Something That Scares You
What do you fear? Heights? Public speaking? Saying you how you really feel?
If you fear it, if it scares you – please do it. Ask a friend to join you and see what happens. You mostly like will find out that it wasn’t so bad and you might want to do it again. Or – you may find that you’re relieved that you faced your fears.
4. Ask for Feedback
Sometimes and most of the time, the biggest thing that holds us back from changing our lives is ourselves. Ask a friend or family member for feedback.
Ask them to honestly give you feedback about what they think holds you back from living your life fully.
Note: Please only ask people that love you and support you fully. This exercise requires vulnerability and honesty. Ask someone who loves you dearly.
5. Speak Up
Many of us, myself included, find that what we really need sometimes is to be heard. To be able to speak our truth.
But speaking our truth is hard. It’s challenging and it’s not easy. It may cause dissent and/or conflict. But speaking your truth is crucial, otherwise you go about your life muting your true feelings and desires.
Once you mute your truth, by not speaking up, this pattern continues to show up in your life. Stop it.
If something is bugging you, if you want to change something, stand up, clear your throat and be graceful in your approach.
Welcome in the discomfort in your life. Grow and expand your wings my friends. A stagnant life is a boring life. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable – welcome in change and see where it leads you!
What is one thing you will do to get uncomfortable today? And why do you want to do it?