In our previous Wisdom Note, we focused on learning to be comfortable with discomfort. This week we will expand that concept with 10 ways to master or overcome your discomfort. If you miss any of our Wisdom Notes, please go to the blog to read past newsletters.
Let me ask you this question, “Are you the master of your discomfort, or is it the master of you?” Here are 10 areas that you can help you learn to be comfortable with discomfort.
1. Avoid procrastination.
We procrastinate to avoid something that’s not comfortable, but if you can learn to stay on that task, even if it’s not comfortable, then you can master procrastination.
We avoid exercise because it’s not comfortable. We need to expand our comfort zones a little at a time. As an example, add one or two sit-ups, push-ups, or leg lifts to your total each week. We can make exercise something we’re comfortable with after a little repetition.
If you want to write but always seem to put it off, that’s because writing is often difficult or less comfortable than checking email or social networks. Start with writing one paragraph a day, then expand on it as you gain more comfort. Stay with the discomfort, and you’ll soon be writing volumes.
4. Healthy eating.
It’s amazing how much our taste buds can change over time as we gradually get used to healthier foods. That means going through small periods of discomfort, but it’s not that bad in little doses. Push yourself to eat wholesome foods. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.
5. Prayer and meditation.
We avoid the discomfort of setting time aside to reflect and pray. Start with 5 minutes a day and gradually add to it as you become more comfortable. It’s not that hard — just a little uncomfortable.
6. Waking early.
Waking early means being a little tired for a little while, but that’s not a horrible thing. Learn to get to bed a little earlier and waking earlier will become more comfortable. (Early is what you make it.)
7. Learning something new.
Want to learn something new? That means doing something you’re not used to, which can bring discomfort. Focus on the beneficial results of learning something new and push through your comfort zone.
8. Reading good books.
We tend to avoid simply sitting with a book because we are pulled towards something more comfortable like watching TV or browsing the internet. Books allow you to learn something new or go places in your mind that is uniquely your adventure.
9. Purge debt.
Most people do not deal with their debt issues because it brings discomfort. Not dealing with debt only prolongs that pain. Start by listing out your debts and bills, making a simple budget, and then sticking to it – no matter the discomfort in the short term. There are few things in life that are as comfortable and liberating as having no debt.
10. New adventures.
When you stay within the walls of your comfort zone, you are missing out on new experiences that might be a little uncomfortable at first but can be so beneficial. Discomfort can be the joyful key that opens up everything for you.
The primary reason that most people will not push past their discomfort is because of fear. Fear can cripple us. Within the Bible, there are over 350 instances where we are encouraged not to be afraid. One of those verses is Isaiah 41:10 where God tells us, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
As you consider the 10 ways to master your discomfort, you will experience a change in your life. Next week we will explore a new trail as we learn what personal responsibility means. In addition to our weekly Wisdom Notes, encourage your friends and family to also join us on our daily podcast – Wisdom-Trek, Creating a Legacy.