I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to better myself. Whether it’s sharpening up my morning routine, practicing daily gratitude, or simply challenging myself with a new fitness goal — I’m constantly searching for ways to grow as a human being.
But growth doesn’t happen only as a result of intentional action. It happens whether we like it or not.
“Change is inevitable.” — literally everyone.
We can’t avoid it or escape it. Things are going to change.
And as things change we are then forced to adapt and evolve. To readjust. To grow.
Because growth is essential to life. Without it, we wouldn’t be here. There wouldn’t be food to eat, houses to live in and there certainly wouldn't be cars and planes to carry us from A to B. Things have changed throughout the years and forced us to grow as a civilization. While not always comfortable, look at how far we’ve come. From horse and buggies to Teslas…Pretty big growth if you as me.
"Embrace the Suck"
The same goes for personal growth. While it’s absolutely essential, it’s usually pretty uncomfortable. We all have habits and rituals, and when something changes and forces us to do the same, well, we get a little distressed. Which makes total sense.
But we need to embrace this discomfort.
Whether we like it or not, change is going to happen. And as a result, we are going to have to grow.
By its very nature, growth is the process of becoming someone different. A different human being with different skills and experiences. Would you expect that to be a comfortable process?
If it were comfortable, it wouldn’t be growth at all. It would be something entirely different.
Accept the Discomfort
So if personal growth is the goal, discomfort is the most effective way to get there.
In order to grow, you have to change. And in order to change, you have to put yourself through a little bit of discomfort to force your body to adapt and overcome. Discomfort is required.
Start to take comfort in the fact that you are uncomfortable. Discomfort is a sign that you are on the path to growth. A path to becoming a better human being. And a better version of yourself.
The process of actually changing is uncomfortable, it’s comforting to know that the discomfort I’m experiencing is going to help me adapt and evolve.
So seek out challenges. Be on the lookout for ways to sharpen your mind. Embrace the discomfort. In that discomfort is the new and improved you.