Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable.
“Always go with the choice that scares you the most,
because that’s the one that is going to help you grow,”
I first heard “get comfortable being uncomfortable” back when I played soccer in the University. I remember my coaches and older teammates saying it early on. It wasn’t until my second year where I truly realized what they meant. Some people really enjoy swimming and are great swimmers. However I am not one of those people. I don’t like to go where my feet can’t touch and when I do venture there I am usually sinking to the bottom. Anyways, our staff brought in some Navy Seals to help run a workout with us. It was quite the experience, but on the last day they told us we were going to the pool.
To make a long story short. The Navy Seals had us jump in the DEEP end with hooded sweatshirts on, take them off while treading water (I don’t know how to tread water) and then switch sweatshirts with a teammate and put their wet sweatshirt on. We did this about 10-15 times before we got it right and they let us stop. I’ve never been so uncomfortable and disliked something so much in my entire life. But around the 11-12th time I started to realize that everybody felt the same way as me, and that once I trusted everybody and trusted the process this would be an experience I remember for the rest of my life.
The moral of this story is that, it’s never easy to put yourself in a vulnerable position. It’s challenging getting out there and trying things you’ve never done or never thought you would do. But these experiences can change your perspective on so many things. It starts to shine a new light on opportunities you may have never imagined. Now I’m not going to become an Olympic swimmer, but my swimming has improved. And I know that these experiences are worth all the awkwardness and uncomfort.
We Learn and Grow
We don’t always realize how much we learn and grow from being in these situations. Anytime we are pushed outside our comfort zone is a step towards improvement. A step towards growth, success, and happiness. It’s easy to stay inside our comfort zone, and stick to our daily routine and everything we know. But it’s these experiences and challenges that make our brain more adaptable and healthy.
Being stuck in our comfort zone is like being stuck in a bubble. We tell ourselves we want to get out and try new things, but we aren’t sure how to start.. So we end up convincing ourselves that we aren’t interested in something we’ve never tried. And soon our bubble has gotten bigger and the risks we take are less and less. Next thing we know, we’re still doing our same routine and trying the same things.
Still want to stay in your bubble? Here are a few of the benefits of getting OUT of your Comfort Zone.
Top 10 benefits of getting OUT of your Comfort Zone
No one is paying attention to you.
Everybody else is scared too.
You will grow.
Boost your self-confidence.
You will be proud that you took the leap.
You could discover something you love.
It’s never as bad as you expect.
You’ll be more prepared for whatever life throws at you.
Learn to deal with adversity.
You can build new relationships.
Test the Limits
It’s time to start testing the limits and put ourselves to succeed. Every time we try something new and different we should stand tall with pride. You never know what might come from these experiences. We’ll constantly be faced with adversity and challenged with new obstacles, but finding a way to be comfortable in all that chaos is a step in the right direction.