The Art of Discomfort
Have you ever wondered what's holding you back? It likely has a lot to do with your limited thinking. We all do it; get comfortable with our version of the world and the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude—but we fail to remember that progress takes time and by the time we need it we're forced to make drastic changes.
Drastic changes are painful changes.
If we concentrate on small incremental adjustments made regularly over time it's not so bad. The only struggle seems to be a willingness to live with mild discomfort.
There are many ways you can adjust your comfort level. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Talk to someone you don't think you have anything in common with and find common ground. Ask them their point of view and actually make an attempt to see the world from their perspective. Shifting your mindset for a moment will help progress you into a new level of comfort.
- Try different food. You know what you like and what you don't like, but the simple act of trying things spills over into the rest of your life and preps your brain for bigger things. Pushing yourself in small ways that seem trivial is the best way to start.
- Exercise keeps your body ready for anything. A healthy physical condition ensures the stress of change won't make you sick. Plus, exercise that pushes your abilities to gain new heights is exactly the type of incremental stuff that gains huge results over time.
- If you're a business, try connecting with your customers in a new way. Dabble in a few methods and see which resonates the best. Fresh ideas that surprise and delight get talked about. Yes, there is something to be said for consistency, which keeps us comfortable and coming back for that same service—just make sure you aren't mistaking boring for consistent.
As a business owner and/or a citizen of the world, we should all be making small daily shifts toward building the best version of ourselves that we can. Behave boldly and take a step in a new direction today.