How Comfort Can Hold Us Back

              Who doesn’t love putting on a movie and relaxing under some blankets? Everyone needs some down time to unwind and de-stress. However, there’s more to comfort than being physically comfortable. Many of us like to relax and wind down physically after a long day. And there’s no problem with that. But, what about being comfortable mentally? What about being too comfortable?

              Allow me to explain. We wouldn’t want to go a whole week without being physically active. Ideally, we should do something physically challenging whether it’s working out, going for a long walk, playing a sport, going on a hike, etc. All these things would be considered the opposite of being comfortable. Challenging our bodies means getting out of our comfort zone in that realm. It means putting yourself under stress so it can adapt and come out of there stronger than before. We all know this. We all know exercise and being active is good for our bodies. But why don’t we take the same approach with our minds?

              If being too comfortable is bad for our physical bodies, why would we want to do it to our minds? Perhaps because being comfortable is easy. But no successful people ever have got to where they are by taking it easy. You may be thinking what about those who won millions of dollars playing the lottery, to which I’ll ask do you really think those people are successful? Success isn’t just about money. It’s about a combination of different things such as wealth, happiness, and physical well-being among other things. But the point is not one factor can point to success. It takes a balance of a variety of disciplines to become truly successful. Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable is the best way to achieve whatever success you are looking for.

              Too much comfort is not a good thing. Is your job too easy or boring? Boring is another word for being too comfortable. It’s restrictive to our growth. If something is boring it means it is too easy and you are not being challenged or it means that you are doing the wrong thing. If you go through work week by week and happy to get a paycheck then good for you. However, if you’re looking for something more, getting more will only happen by making yourself uncomfortable.

              Find something that makes you uncomfortable and attack it. Become comfortable with it. Many times, we have mental limitations on what our minds think we’re capable of doing. For example, perhaps a young adult wants to experiment with entrepreneurship but is struggling with the fear of failure and rejection. This fear is a mental blockade stopping him from trying something new out. Maybe he is comfortable with his life at the moment and doesn’t want to disrupt that harmony. But that’s exactly what needs to be done to grow. We need to take that first step.

              Lots of people would rather be comfortable and unsuccessful than successful. Why is this? Because we are in an endless battle with comfort. It’s easy to let it win to. The problem with being comfortable and unsuccessful is that it’s a paradox. It’s a trap to lure people in to not becoming successful.

              Instead of succumbing to this comfort, let’s take on the discomfort. Like our physical bodies, we workout then rest then repeat. Let’s do that with our minds. Let’s challenge ourselves to do something we’ve always wanted to do then rest. Then repeat. It’s the best way to build up our confidence and ability while limiting the downside of too much stress.

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