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Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
Posted: 12/7/2011 | Radio Show Comments
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Guest Blog by Carol Roth

Our entire lives are spent seeking out comforts. The familiar plays on a misguided notion of safety. The devil you know is better than the devil that you don’t know, right?

Not necessarily. When you are too comfortable, it means you are probably not trying hard enough. You have gotten to the point where you are “good enough”.  
But good enough is not great, outstanding or groundbreaking. Good enough walks on a treadmill, instead of blazing a new path. Good enough doesn’t encourage progress. Good enough doesn’t change the world.
When you are uncomfortable, you are pushing boundaries. You are trying new things.  You are willing to fail and fail big. This is where amazing personal and professional shifts come from.
  • In your workouts, being physically uncomfortable is where you gain increased strength, speed and agility;
  • In your relationships, being vulnerable and uncomfortable is where you create true bonds with others;
  • In your career or business, taking uncomfortable risks or doing work outside of your “comfort zone” is where you can advance yourself to the next level.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Comfort equals accepting the status quo. If you don’t aspire to anything more, then go ahead and be comfortable. Uncomfortable leads to growth. It’s scary and may be painful, but pain is temporary. Your achievements are forever.



Jaime       Posted: 8/7/2011 5:29:20 PM

So true. Good to see reinforcement in my thoughts. We all have so much potential in us that once we learn to experience this feeling of discomfort, we will grow even more. Many of us will learn that some our greatest strengths are held in what we perceive as a weakness.

Katherine       Posted: 7/24/2011 4:26:49 PM

So true - I''ve been to comfortable for to long in my job and really trying to push my boundaries. Tonight I''m away from family for a flight tomorrow (work related) and as grumpy as it makes me and as uncomfortable as the idea of flying and being away for 3 nights makes me I''m accepting that to grow I need to get uncomfortable. Thank you for your inspirational words at the exact moment I needed them, Katherine.

David W. Peace       Posted: 7/15/2011 2:16:53 PM

And being uncomfortable really amounts to the stories we make up in our head like "This is going to happen" with no direct evidence.

I love it!

iphone 5       Posted: 10/27/2011 1:32:35 PM

Tremendous blog!

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