Over the past few months, I have tried to make it a daily practice to embrace discomfort.
At work, in my relationships, in my creative life - I am working on getting comfortable with discomfort.
Why? I have realized that my world gets bigger when I take uncomfortable actions.
I think of reality - and a future potential reality - as a series of concentric circles.
We all live in a circle of comfortable things. But there is a circle outside of that, which includes a bunch of uncomfortable things we might consider exploring - and this is our potential reality.
(Drawing this diagram for public consumption was uncomfortable for me)
When you make the active decision to explore the ring outside your comfort zone, the uncomfortable becomes familiar, and your circle expands.
Embracing discomfort doesn't have to be big or flashy. Small, simple steps into the next circle are actually more achievable on a daily basis, and will compound over time.
It can be uncomfortable the first time you speak up in a meeting and say "I don't know what that means, can you please explain?" or "I don't agree."
After the first few times, it will feel less uncomfortable, and then it will feel natural.
The person who previously wouldn't speak up will no longer exist.You will literally have changed as a person and your world will be bigger.
Try to get outside your comfort zone this week and expand your circle.
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