Are you comfortable?
Are you too comfortable?
These questions may seem very simple and make you question if anyone can be too comfortable. We sometimes think of comfort and lack of challenge as a state of bliss. As you go through life and the daily challenges, you may dream about a time that you can be without worry or obstacles. I challenge that being too comfortable and lacking challenge could lead to a state of stagnation and limited growth in your life. I have had days of comfort and I have had many days of challenge, but as I reflect, the days of challenge were the most important days in my growth (life and career). Comfort feels good in the short term, but to grow you must have challenge and discomfort
As Bill Eckstrom presented in his TEDX talk in 2017, growth only happens in a state of discomfort. When you allow yourself to move to discomfort and complexity, you are on the path to learning and growth. There are many examples of great gain and change in history and I would say that all significant change was the result of someone challenging themselves and accepting a state of discomfort. You can either be comfortable and stagnate or stretch yourself — become uncomfortable — and grow. You must become comfortable being uncomfortable and this takes practice and believing in yourself and your desired outcome. There are different levels of discomfort and growth that are displayed on the Growth Ring. We will review the different levels over the coming days.
This is Part 1 of 3. Please check back for parts 2 and 3.