03 Jan Get Uncomfortable With It
As we step into this New Year, I want to impart a crucial Merrylism from my book, “Shatter the Sky.” It’s about embracing discomfort as a tool for personal growth and transformation. This concept is particularly important as we set our resolutions and goals for the year.
Why it Matters
Often, we stay within our comfort zones, shying away from experiences or challenges that seem unfamiliar or intimidating. However, true growth and self-improvement lie in our willingness to step into the unfamiliar, to embrace the uncomfortable, and to persist through it.
How do you measure up?
- Are there areas where you’ve been avoiding discomfort, perhaps at the cost of your growth?
- What new or challenging experiences have you been putting off because they feel uncomfortable?
- How can embracing discomfort help you achieve your goals for this year?
How to Do It
- Get Uncomfortable on Purpose: Actively seek situations that challenge you. It might feel foreign, weird, or uncomfortable at first, and that’s perfectly okay. The goal is to immerse yourself in these situations to grow.
- Embrace the Process: Understand that becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable is a journey. There’s no set time limit – it could take days, months, or even years. But with each experience, you’ll get better.
- Recognize Growth in Discomfort: You may never be fully at ease with challenging tasks, but that’s a sign of growth. The more you engage with these tasks, the more you develop your skills and resilience.
- Step Beyond Natural Ease: It’s easy to stick to things that come naturally to you. However, those who truly excel are the ones who push themselves to do what makes them uncomfortable and then excel at it.