Embracing Discomfort (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 14)
“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.”
— Seth Godin
What direction does water take when placed in an opening of anything? It takes the form of whatever container it is placed — the path of least resistance. Have you ever seen the water at Niagara Falls flow up the crest line? No, it falls over the crest line.
We may wish for our lives to go smoothly all of the time or for our relationships and careers to come to fruition quickly and easily. Sometimes, the discomfort we experience while traveling through life leaves us feeling as though we’ve made some mistake, or failed in some way. When we can’t see that we’re making any progress at all, we give in to the discomfort and give up pursuing everything we’ve ever wanted.
We must understand, however, that discomfort is almost always the path to success. We will never learn to soar without struggle. Behind the wall of every form of discomfort is a lesson that we need to learn in order to make progress.
Every mistake is a learning moment. Every failure is an opportunity for us to clean the chalkboard and start again. Every misstep is a chance for us to turn around and step to the direction. Every misunderstanding is an open invitation for us to listen and get it right. This is all very normal and very necessary.
When we want to give up because life and the things that go with it are overwhelming us, we must resist the urge. Struggle is the means by which we achieve our goals. There is no perfect way. Lean in to discomfort and gain courage. Let a little inconvenience in and cultivate confidence. Take a step to difficulty and your life will become better for it.
“When you keep hitting walls of resistance in life, the universe is trying to tell you that you are going the wrong way. It’s like driving a bumper car at an amusement park. Each time you slam into another car or the edge of the track, you are forced to change direction.”
— Suzy Kassem