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Confronting discomfort

Confronting discomfort

While being uncomfortable isn’t a joyful experience for almost anyone, dealing with discomfort is an absolutely essential part of life because it is a catalyst for personal growth.

It is entirely possible for something that brings you discomfort at one time in your life to be a source of great joy in another. For example, facing fears and pushing one’s self to try new things is frequently a turning point in many people’s lives. By confronting things that make them uncomfortable, many people learn to not just overcome the discomfort associated with those things, they can actually draw pleasure from them as well.

Think of the person with a fear of heights who takes up skydiving. Or the person with a fear of deep water learning to SCUBA dive.

Just because something doesn’t bring you joy doesn’t mean that you should disregard it. The fact is, even the less joyful aspects of our lives are important because they provide contrast and personal growth.

Growth and Discomfort : Getting outside of your comfort zone

Growth and Discomfort : Getting outside of your comfort zone

Growth & Discomfort: Getting outside of your comfort zone

Dealing with discomfort, fear, and situations we don’t want be in — or situations that we are completely unfamiliar with — is an absolutely essential part of growth.

Who we are is a result of everything we’ve had to overcome in life and the attitude we chose to adopt during – or as a result of – challenges we’ve had to face.

You can choose to look at difficulties as disruptive and something to dread – or you can look at them as opportunities for growth and self-improvement. Because difficulties & discomfort are simply one side of a coin while opportunities for growth are the other.

You can’t have growth without some degree of discomfort.

We may not be able to choose or even like the challenges that life throws our way, but we can always choose our attitude towards them.

Originally Published on: Nov 5, 2012 @ 15:48

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Saved by criticism

Saved by criticism

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” — Norman Vincent Peale

Be confident enough in yourself to listen to criticism and explore views you don’t necessarily agree with — because those who always agree with you will rarely push you to improve as much as those who don’t.

“A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone.” — Unknown

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Originally Published on: Feb 16, 2016 @ 11:49

It’s not that we should wish to eliminate all challenges…

Excerpt from: Overcoming overwhelmed

It's not that we should wish to eliminate all challenges...

It’s not that we should wish to eliminate all challenges from our lives, but instead focus on developing the strength, discipline, and attitude necessary to effectively deal with each & every one that we encounter.

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Originally Published on: Sep 30, 2015 @ 06:22

Talking yourself out of taking action

Talking yourself out of taking action

People sometimes have a tendency to beat down their ideas that they were once enthusiastic about. And as a result, they talk themselves out of taking action on things that could add value to their life. And in place of these ideas, they often do nothing – and so life goes on and nothing much changes.

Before you talk yourself out of things you are enthusiastic about by filling your head with doubt, ask yourself how avoiding fear & uncertainty will ultimately add value to your life. If it won’t, it might be time to consider that facing your doubts & fears is actually something that will still be good for you regardless of the outcome of your endeavor.

When discomfort doesn’t fade

When discomfort doesn't fade
In most cases – under normal circumstances – discomfort always fades. If, over a prolonged period of time, you find yourself increasingly uncomfortable with any aspect of your life – from your relationships to your mental or physical health to your career – that is a sign that something needs to change and it’s important to take action and do something about it.

While ventures beyond your comfort zone can be very rewarding & healthy, ignoring warning signs and subjecting yourself to long-term term physical or mental pain & suffering is not.

The surprising thing about rejection

Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled by Zero Dean

The surprising thing about rejection is how much we allow the fear of it to impact our lives, when in actuality, increasing the rate at which we’re rejected can be extremely beneficial. Putting ourselves in a position where rejection is possible is a sign that we’re attempting something that has the potential to push our boundaries – and by doing so, provide us with something we actually want. And even if we don’t get what we seek, the act of trying to get it provides us with valuable information that can aid us in future attempts & endeavors.

The fact is, by embracing rejection we increase the rate at which we get things we want. No, we won’t always get what we seek, but our attempts at actively getting it are far more likely to yield positive results than if we sit back and do nothing out of fear of being rejected.

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