Getting Used to Being Uncomfortable
Feeling alive happens at the edge of our comfort zone. The uncomfortable part of leaving our comfort zone is doing things that have unknown outcomes. We know what the outcome is going to be inside our comfort zone, because we have done that same thing over and over again. We do A, and we know that B happens. But if we try X (something new), we do not know what Y is going to be.
This known outcome is the seduction of our Groundhog Day karmic cycle. It may suck, but we know exactly what is going to happen. We know where the puddles are and not to step in them. After a while staying in our comfort zone becomes a habit.
We usually have to get pretty sick of our cycle before we are willing to step out of our comfort zone. It is usually when staying in our comfort zone becomes more uncomfortable then risking to step out of it that we try something new.
But with a shift (smaller than you might think), you can get used to living at the edge of your comfort zone. You get used to dealing with unknown outcomes. You learn to appreciate the excitement of doing things and not knowing what is going to happen. It is the trial and error of a mad scientist. It is being curious and inquisitive.
After a while, the slight discomfort (but excitement) of trying new things with unknown outcomes becomes what you are used to. It is just the way being alive feels like. And retreating to your comfort zone begins to feel boring.
Often it is as simple as not holding yourself back when an idea or opportunity presents itself.
So what can you try that you have no idea what the outcome might be?
Posted on Sat, February 15, 2014
by Michael Hoffman filed under