Why Being Uncomfortable is Good

Last Update: September 18, 2016

Being uncomfortable can be a real challenge, albeit a good one. I’m talking about the kind of discomfort you experience when you’re trying something new, facing your fears, or being honest about your weaknesses. The kind of discomfort that leads to personal growth.

I really like exploring this topic because the end result is usually worth it. Being able to overcome fears, weaknesses, and new obstacles can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

In order to reach my goals for this year, I’m going to need spend more time getting out of my comfort zone, and this blog is definitely part of that. It's a way for me to share my experiences, my challenges, and my successes with you along the way.

At times I’ll have to be vulnerable and open to the opinions of others like yourself, and I’ll have to set goals for myself that I know aren’t easy to achieve.

I want to share this quote with you that I recently came across about goal setting:

“Set goals so big you can’t achieve them until you grow into the person who can.” – Unknown

It inspires me to know that I could be a better person at the end of this year than I was when it began, and the odds of that happening are really dependent on the decisions that I make along the way.

I also hope to encourage you to take on new challenges, to think differently, and to have more fun than you thought possible this week, this month, and all throughout the year. The greatest part is that you can get started at any time. Right now even!

Spend time with people that inspire you, that support you, and don’t call you out for thinking differently. And even if they do, stay strong, stay true to yourself, and become the person you know you can be.

Let us know what awesome goals you have set for yourself this year and share them below in the comments. We’d love to support you on your journey!

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Heidi56 Premium
I like your emphasis on becoming a "better" person, which I understand as a "growing up - person", instead of only talking about success, sales, money etc.

We live to grow as a person and not necessarily to grow our possessions. Both is connected with stepping out of the comfort zone, for business, many people (man?) are used to do that, they have hundreds of years of practice.

For personal growth accepting the uncomfortable moments and times, going through them and coming out on the other side transformed - this is still the practice of only a few of us. Everything connected with our assumed identity is too scary to put your hands on.

I am glad that you see that and that you are going ahead!
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almostthere7 Premium
Wow, well said Heidi. It's definitely hard to start stepping out. I couldn't do it alone initially. I really had to surround myself with people that really inspired me and were stepping out of their comfort zones in the best way possible.

I would love to be able to help others start stepping out of their comfort zones in the same way, or at least show them that the results can be worth it. I also hope to talk about some of the challenges along the way so I don't become one of the people only posting about success.

The challenges are where the growth happens even more than the successes in my opinion.

Really appreciate the comment, have a great week!
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Heidi56 Premium
They are the challenges which makes us grow, fortunately or unfortunately, as you wish!
My mission, too, is helping people grow, not making money. This should be the side effect.
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almostthere7 Premium
:) Love it!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Great blog Ian! I love the way you share your thoughts.

I believe that I had an epiphany, perhaps a year or so ago, regarding our comfort zone: it's not that comfortable. Think about it: if you're not striving to reach your full potential, going after the dreams on your heart, or defusing or refusing to let your light shine, I believe our spirits are no longer at peace. I believe that lack of peace can manifest, negatively, in different ways. I'm not an "authority" on this topic, but I do like to examine the "why" behind my actions or inaction, so I'm speaking from personal experience.

Keep up the great dialogue Ian!
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almostthere7 Premium
Thanks for taking the time to share that story :) As long as you're aware of your actions or inactions, you can start to do something about them. Love what you said about examining the "why".

I definitely agree that our spirits grow restless when we're not striving towards something greater than ourselves.

Thanks again for the comment!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Restless....yes, that word perfectly describes that feeling.

Keep 'em coming Ian!
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almostthere7 Premium
You bet! Stay tuned for more :)
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NikeA Premium
Very true, its really challenging, trying to be better than the day before but like you say its inspiring, knowing that you are on a growth journey.

I am looking forward to seeing what my blogging skills are going to morph into.
thanks for sharing. It's a really good read.
Nike
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almostthere7 Premium
Thanks so much for the feedback :) And yes, it's always interesting to see where your writing ends up. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but always a learning opportunity!

I'm looking forward to following your journey. Cheers!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Well said Nike!
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Angie0495 Premium
Thank you, I just blogged for the first time. I am totally out of my comfort zone and I feel invigorated.
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almostthere7 Premium
Haha, awesome :) Thanks for sharing! It doesn't stop the more you post, but it gets easier I promise. And the results are worth it. Keep it up!
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NancyHernand Premium
I needed this today. Thank you!
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almostthere7 Premium
So glad you stopped by Nancy and I hope you have a great week!
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NancyHernand Premium
Thank you. You too!
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