If you consistently avoid discomfort, you are restricting yourself to a rather small comfort zone. And you’ll miss out on so much of life.
It is doing things that are difficult that helps us grow. Comfort doesn’t. If you want to achieve great things, you have to be in the discomfort zone sometimes.
If you do enough things that bring you discomfort, your comfort zone will expand. And eventually, your comfort zone will include accepting discomfort.
Of course, staying with discomfort doesn’t come naturally. So, finding ways to be comfortable with your discomfort is an essential skill.
Grow into it – in small bites. Very small bites, like 30 seconds at a time. One short conversation at a time. Slowly expand that.
Immerse yourself in discomfort. Once you get started, sit with it – even when it feels uncomfortable. Don’t switch to anything else. Yes, it might be uncomfortable at first, but you’ll get used to it.
Remind yourself that discomfort is a sign you’re growing, that you are doing something worthwhile.