Lately the idea of getting uncomfortable has been on my mind. I think some where along the way I forgot that being uncomfortable can be a good thing and lead to some amazing opportunities and paths in life. Getting uncomfortable opens us up to learn and experience new things and meet new people. A lot of times, we do not want to get uncomfortable because we’re not used to being in that feeling of discomfort. We are afraid of what being uncomfortable will do to us. It can be scary and leave us running back to where it’s safe and warm.
If we can learn to lean into being uncomfortable and open ourselves up to the possibilities of the opportunities in front of us, we will get so much more out of life. We will grow, we will learn and we live an authentic life. The good stuff in life comes from the messy and the uncomfortable. It take vulnerability to be uncomfortable and be open to what the future holds by taking risks. As Brene Brown states, “Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.”
I challenge myself along with you – yes you- to do one thing each day for 1 week to get uncomfortable. Do something you normally wouldn’t do like ask a second question to a stranger you meet on an elevator, strike up a conversation with a new neighbor or try a new fitness class at your gym. It can be a rush doing something totally new and uncomfortable and it may even open doors for you in your life that you didn’t even realize were there.
Dare greatly friends and get uncomfortable!
(Coming up next: Book review on “Daring Greatly,” by Brene Brown.)