Get Comfortable with Discomfort

Get Comfortable with Discomfort

We all think we want a life of leisure, but it doesn’t end well if we are successful in that.  Although it sounds bad, a life of discomfort will set you up for success, health, and joy. Even though it sounds good, a life of leisure will lead to failure, disease, and disappointment. You might think a weekend of sitting on the couch, eating your favorite pleasure foods, drinking your favorite beverages, and watching your favorite football teams or movies would be wonderful. It is, on occasion, and in moderation. If your life defaults to this mode, you will end up fat, diseased, and incapable of doing things that require even a little physical or mental strength. No one is handing out trophies or getting paid for you doing the easy things in life.

Adversity is the ruler of the weak, but an instrument of the wise!

The difficult I do today, the impossible might take a little longer!

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him!

If you want to experience achievement, success, and enjoyment in your life, you will need to embrace discomfort. The definition of success in it’s simplest form is overcoming an obstacle. Until I wrote this post I never understood mountain climbers or rock wall enthusiasts. I had always thought it was such a waste of time and effort. However, what they are really doing is getting that dopamine rush we all get by accomplishing something difficult. Perhaps you know someone at work who is like the rock climber, who seeks out the hardest projects. You can bet that this person enjoys their work a lot more and gets paid a lot more than the one who is putting just as much effort into getting out of work.

You are not getting out of this life alive, you know. And, you are not going to avoid a lot of adversity along the way either. If you are running from adversity, you better get a good pair of running shoes because you will be running for the rest of your life. So, welcome the obstacles that come into your life as a chance to achieve, a chance for a rush of dopamine, a chance to gain instead of lose.

Fitness and weight loss is another great application for this life lesson. You simply cannot lose weight and get in better shape without a lot of discomfort. You can choose to stay comfortably where you are or experience some discomfort in a better direction. Our stomachs growl and we seek to immediately quiet them down with whatever is available. Instead of letting that slight discomfort be satisfied, enjoy it for a while. Think of it as pleasurable to burn a few fatty deposits for a little while. Don’t just think of it as discomfort. You will not be able to eat the most comforting of foods either. Gain a lasting trophy of fitness, attractiveness, and health through healthy eating rather than the short term reward of delicious junk food and it’s lasting trophies of weight gain and disease.

While you are busy taking the hard way, the road less travelled, don’t forget to rest on occasion.  I am a firm believer in “all things in moderation”, and sometimes we need a day of downtime.  Just be sure your habit is one of enterprise, not laziness.

Don’t believe that you can’t buy happiness. Buy it with discomfort, not money! Happiness comes from success which comes from overcoming obstacles, and that will be uncomfortable.  So, get uncomfortable, motivate yourself for adversity, and succeed today!

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