Funny thing about comfort…it’s comfortable. And if you are talking about a bed, blankets, a hug, or a pair of shoes, it’s a good thing. In general, comfort is good. It makes you want to experience that, whatever it is, more. That is a pretty good thing in many aspects of your life.
However, with a career, training, nutrition, and other things, comfort is your enemy. You move into comfort and enjoy the feeling. You like where you are. On the surface, that is good. But it does not promote growth. Growth comes from being uncomfortable. Forcing yourself to learn a new skill or trade. Forcing yourself to work harder and move out of the sweet spot you have been coasting in. Loving your job, but pushing yourself to learn new parts of it. To be better. To find and work on your weaknesses.
True growth comes from putting yourself in a situation that does not feel good. Growth is gained through being uncomfortable. Uncomfortable situations often force positive change. Intentionally putting yourself in such a situation amounts to a lot of suck. It is not big fun, nor should it be. It is hard. It can be painful. It can be sad. It can make you uncomfortable. Like being tossed into the fire. And that means uncomfortable situations are simple to find. Try standing under a cold shower. Work out outside in the freezing cold or the rain. Turn off the air or heat in your car. Do something you are afraid of. Find a weakness and begin to punish it. Get comfortable with the feeling of being uncomfortable.
The good news is that steel is forged and strengthened in fire. Fire is a catalyst that promotes growth. Put the sword in fire. Pound it some more. Cool it. When you want to again strengthen the sword? Back into the fire.
Too many people are afraid of pain today. Physical and emotional pain is cleansing and a symptom of personal growth. There is no reset button to save you. Your only respite is to quit. And not quitting when it gets truly hard teaches you who you are. What you are made of. What you are capable of.
Find your fire today. Find your pain and let it strengthen you. A class. A trade. The gym. Dip yourself into that fire and forge yourself into what you were meant to be. The best you that you can be. And that will serve you well when the pain and discomfort are not your choice. Your only choice is how you will react.
The best you that you were meant to be.
Comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Better than yesterday.