Uncomfortable Growth (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 214)
“Stop talking. Start walking.”
— L.M. Heroux
Many things get put off not because we can’t do them but because we are afraid at what the outcome will be if we try. You need to know that you will do just fine at the things you are afraid to do simply because challenge is good and growth of any kind is useful. If you never attempt anything, you’ll never know what result you could get.
Sometimes, there is a learning curve that has to be overcome. Don’t let it stall your progress or keep you comfortable in your current state. The end goal is always to grow, to improve, to become better. Be patient and go through the lessons. If the cause of your fear is because you’re challenged to try something new or to do something in a different way that has never been attempted before, take that as an opportunity
Growth is always uncomfortable, even painful. When babies begin to grow teeth, you’ll notice that they whine a lot not because they don’t want the teeth but because it is painful when those teeth are pushing through the gums. Babies must go through this process anyway because the end result gives them the tools they needs to eat other foods as they grow physically. Life is a lot like this.
Sometimes we must endure failure not because we intended to, but because it is a necessary stopping point on the road to success. The things you’ve already learned in life build on the things you are learning now and these lessons are designed to help you make better decisions in the future. The human mind has a great capacity to receive and contain new information. There is very little you’re not capable of doing because you can always learn it.
A little pain, a little struggle, a little discomfort, a little stress will pass. The only regret you will have is taking so much time to get started. The mind plays tricks on us by making us think that it would be easier for us if things weren’t so difficult. That’s not really the case, growth is uncomfortable but the only way we can really grow is to experience some level of discomfort. You don’t have to wait for a better time. You’ll do just fine by starting now.
“Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.”
— Byron Pulsifer