Have you ever said something that you desperately wanted to take back?
Or tripped in public…and turned and looked at what you tripped over with disdain like it was the inanimate object’s fault?
Have you ever gotten to the point in your business where you wanted to give up because it was just too damn hard??
Have you ever been uncomfortable??
Discomfort. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can we use it?
“Mental or bodily distress” “Something that disturbs or deprives of ease”
That feeling inside us that creates a pain in the pit of our stomach, makes us shake in fear…and for many spurs their feet to run away.
We feel discomfort when things are no longer easy. And when challenge arises it can be tempting to run away, to stop the pain, to give up.
But….nothing spectacular comes without some challenge. A diamond is only a diamond after experiencing high temperatures and extreme pressure. People truly appreciate the greatness that comes with effort. It makes the reward taste that much sweeter.
Think back to a time in your life when you felt you quit too early…that if you had stuck with something just a little longer, through the hard part, you might have been able to realize the opportunity for all it could have been. Regret?
My challenge to you this week is to put yourself out there and embrace discomfort. Begin to enjoy that shaking, pain in the pit of your stomach. Because you know with conviction that if you work through it, stay in that moment just a little longer, you will be rewarded. Most people don’t. But do you want to be ‘most people’? Or do you want MORE?
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” M. Scott Peck
Action Step: Think back to a time of regret…of not working a little harder, a little longer, a little smarter to get through pain and discomfort. Then think of what you could have achieved if you had. Now take a deep breath and say “From now on I will give 100%. I will embrace discomfort and achieve all I desire.”
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