Discomfort

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‘One of the keys to your personal greatness, is personal growth. But growth feels awkward.”

Start doing something uncomfortable today that will move your life forward in 2020. Let me explain…

Being uncomfortable is a form of pain, but it is not a deep pain – it is a shallow and necessary one. It is that feeling you get when you have stepped outside of your comfort zone. The idea of exercising every morning, for example, brings discomfort – so we do not do it. Eating more green vegetables brings discomfort too.

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The bottom line is most of us do not want to be uncomfortable, so we subconsciously run from discomfort constantly. The problem with this is that, by running from discomfort, we are forced to participate in only the (easier) activities and (unexciting) opportunities within our comfort zones. And since our comfort zones are relativity small, we miss out on most of life’s greatest and healthiest experiences, and we get stuck in an endless debilitating cycle.

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Build up your confidence and your progress, one day at a time. Begin each day of 2020 with the truth: It is not too late. You are not behind. You are where you need to be. Every day and every step is necessary. Do not judge yourself for how long your journey is taking. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. Give yourself credit, and then take the next step.

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The present moment is always the beginning of anything you want. Yet too often we waste our time waiting for the ideal path to appear. But it never does because we forget that paths are made by walking, not waiting. And no, you should not feel more confident before you take the next step. Taking the next step is what builds your confidence and ultimately moves your life forward.

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Lose the expectation that everything in life should be easier. There are rarely shortcuts to any place worth going. Decide to enjoy the challenge of your achievements.

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Remember that happiness does not start with a relationship, a vacation, a job or money. It starts with you. If you want life to be happier, you need to be mindful of your present response. It is how you deal with stress in each little moment that determines how well you achieve happiness in the end.

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Your mind needs to be exercised to gain strength. It needs to be worked on a daily basis to grow. If you have not pushed yourself in lots of small ways – over time if you always avoid doing the uncomfortable thing – you will almost certainly crumble on the inevitable days that are harder than you expected.

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Commit to stretching yourself and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Starting today. …..A year from now you will be very glad that you did.

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“It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.”

Anne Lamott

 


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