I was introduced to the concept of seeking discomfort about a year back. Before that, life to me has always been about avoiding discomfort. To stay in my own little comfort zone. To be surrounded by the people that I am comfortable with and sticking to routines and habits that I am familiar with and does not cause me any stress whatsoever. It was a good thing for me since being comfortable would keep me happy in my little comfort zone and there wouldn’t be any reason to take any risk at all. This was all fine until I acquired a hunger to grow. To grow personally, and professionally.
Seeking discomfort is a concept that believes that you grow personally and learn things only when you step outside your comfort zone. You learn so many things when you do and experience things that you wouldn’t usually do. It is in fact quite fascinating how doing simple things that put you out of your comfort zone, changes you. Small changes incorporating discomfort in your regular comfortable routines and habits will go a long way. By being accustomed to being out of your comfort zone, you will start tackling problems and obstacles which you would have previously shied away from.
As an example, let us suppose that you have a fear of public speaking. You are given an opportunity to speak to a huge crowd about something that you have knowledge of. Now you have a choice. You can either decline and remain in your comfort zone. That way you won’t have any anxiety, no stress, you’ll be in your comfortable routine and you won’t be risking anything. Or, you could seize the opportunity, and put yourself in discomfort. By doing so, you’re not only overcoming your fear, but you’re also gaining experience and confidence in your abilities. You develop personally, and acquire experience and learn through the entire course of being in discomfort.
So, how do you start? Firstly, I strongly advice you to check out this YouTube channel called Yes Theory. They are amazing and they have changed my life. It was them that introduced me to seeking discomfort. Secondly, change your monotonous routine. Do something different for a while. What does that mean? Do something that you wouldn’t usually do. For example, take up a challenge for a week or a month. Try greeting everybody you meet with a smile for a week. Everybody includes your auto drivers, shop keepers. Make a list of your fears. Then overcome them by doing exactly what you fear. Put yourself on the spot. Then take up another challenge, then another, then another.
If you keep doing things that you’re not accustomed to doing, or if you’re not comfortable doing, then you tend to expand your comfort zone. You will notice your productivity increase, you will see and grab more opportunities that come your way, and more importantly, you’ll enjoy your life by being addicted to discomfort. I insist you to think about this, and take the first step. Take up a challenge, and do it everyday for a week. You will understand how rewarding discomfort truly is.