Starting anything new is exciting. Stepping out of our comfort zone, the sense of adventure, not knowing what lies ahead. However it is also difficult to do. Yes, our routine is a safe and familiar place to be. It provides such solace that oftentimes people won’t give it up, even if deep down they hate it. As they say, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. But, maybe there’s something to be said about learning to embrace discomfort.
Making the decision to be healthier is fun and it’s exciting. It can be a little intimidating, and there is a good chance you will feel very uncomfortable at first. We all know excessive poor eating habits and too little physical exercise isn’t good for us. Everyone knows drinking 5 pops a day and eating foods loaded with salt, bad fats, or sugars is unhealthy. But that’s our comfort area, we have conditioned ourselves. If you can attach to something, you can detach. Growth requires some sacrifice, and this may mean we need to embrace the discomfort that comes along with this.
Making sacrifices for the sake of change
For generations our comfort zone served humans well. It protected us, it still does. Our comfort zone is our safe zone. But growth is more than safety. To change and grow you have to sacrifice. Sacrifice: that’s the cost of admission. And everyone who starts down the path of growth has to pay admission.
The most challenging sacrifice is giving up who we are for who we can become. What will friends/family think of me? What if I fail, or look stupid? How will I survive without my (insert your own security blanket here)? How much of an inconvenience will this be to my daily life?
These and more are all questions that probably run through our minds when debating that initial step into discomfort. From personal experience I can tell you when I started Buffalo Nickel CrossFit I asked myself these questions. When I left my full time job I asked myself these questions again. And probably a million times in between the two experiences. I’m sure I will ask myself these questions a million times more before I leave this life.
Learn to celebrate and embrace discomfort
My advice: stop stepping into discomfort and start leaping into it. Embrace discomfort with open arms. Yes, it’s scary. You might get hurt, embarrassed, you might fail, you might lose “friends”. A lot can happen. But more than likely you will survive and prosper. Also, I promise you two things:
- You will have to pay the sacrifice admission.
- You will learn that comfort zone you loved so much was actually holding you back from being happy with your life.
So whether or not you have taken that leap or you are still trying to jump over that imaginary comfort zone line just know you can make it.
You will be uncomfortable for awhile, everyone is. We have all been that new person stepping into the box for the first time. We have all felt like idiots trying to learn the snatch. We have all fallen during a box jump. But everyone in that box has also stayed with it. They have made the choice to grind it out, they have made the choice to grow.
Like Albert Einstein said, I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.