The Paradox of Comfort

com·fort:

a state or situation in which you are relaxed and do not have any mentally or physically unpleasant feelings

Comfort is a funny thing. In small doses it allows us to recover and marshal our resources. However, in excess, it can become crippling. Most of us allow levels of comfort into our life. It’s natural. But, it can be unhealthy. Discomfort has a positive side—it helps us grow. Hence, when we are complacent it’s best to push beyond the comfort zone.

Strength Beyond Comfort

The truth is that actively pursuing resistance makes us stronger. Friction and resistance mark the line between our current ability level and our potential. Challenging our limits extends the borders, expanding the field of possibilities available to us. Where there was once a limit, now there is newfound strength of character and capability in its place. Consequently, a bit of discomfort can lead to significant growth.

The principle applies to every aspect of our lives, including exercise and diet. If we don’t have the motivation, we can manufacture it. When we are tempted to make poor choices we can summon the discipline to overcome the seduction of complacency. You can contend with the familiarity of comfort when you should be exerting mental or physical effort over an aspect of your life you want to improve. With practice, over time, we can make discomfort and resistance our allies.

Embracing Change

Here are a couple of questions to consider.

  • What are some of the habits you wish you had?
  • Can you identify a few areas of your life that you want to improve?

All of our aspirations depend on sacrifice and discomfort. We have access to the same 168 hours each week, yet those who continually reach and strive to get out of their comfort zone are able to achieve much more with their time. The greatest gift we can give the world and everyone we meet along the way is the gift of self-evolution.

In conclusion, the paradox of comfort means something different to each of us. The question is, how can you welcome discomfort into your life? We need to see the opportunity for growth and challenge in little moments. Perhaps it’s a chance to embrace being cold or hot. Or an opportunity. to work out late or early. Maybe we read when we would rather watch television. Each moment offers a chance to step over our smaller self and closer to our more ideal self.

Have a good week, and FULLY get after it. 

 

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