Seek Discomfort

Many people have told me that the quote “Seek Discomfort“, doesn’t make any sense. Why would you want to do that?

It all started with Yes Theory. A group of friends who push themselves out of their comfort zones in order to grow and experience life.

I was inspired by their stories and adventures. From giving free hugs at the airport to helicopter bungee with Will Smith.

I wanted that kind of excitement in my life, and that meant doing the things I didn’t want to do…right? That’s what discomfort means?

Wrong.

A line from Yes Man summarizes it beautifully, “…Then you’re saying yes not because you have to, not because a covenant tells you to, but because you know in your heart that you want to.”

Seeking Discomfort means doing things you want to do but are too afraid to do.

The feeling you get right after you’ve crossed that discomfort-barrier – it’s the most exhilarating feeling.

Remember that time you saw the slip-and-slide at the waterpark and you were so excited to go on it, but when you got the top you realised it’s too high and you’re afraid to go down, and after a few minutes, or an hour, you finally muster up the courage to go down, and as soon as you get to the bottom you just want to do it over and over again?

That’s why I ‘Seek Discomfort‘. For that feeling at the very end. Knowing it will be worth it.

“If you do not change, you can become extinct.” – Who Moved My Cheese?

I book I highly recommend is Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson.

‘Keep moving’. ‘Run the maze’. ‘Seek Discomfort’.

The point is not to get too comfortable. Life might become boring, ordinary, repetitive. You might start to question the ‘meaning of life‘.

“I now often ask myself, “Is this really a problem I need to think my way out of? Or is it possible I just need to fix my biochemistry?” I’ve wasted a lot of time journaling on “problems” when I just needed to eat breakfast sooner, do 10 push-ups, or get an extra hour of sleep. Sometimes, you think you have to figure out your life’s purpose, but you really just need some macadamia nuts and a cold shower.” – Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Seeking Discomfort can lead to opportunity.

Say yes to the next adventure. Smile at someone. Ask them how are they doing. Take a cold shower. Tomorrow, instead of going right, go left. You don’t necessarily need to go shark cage diving or climb Mount Everest in your shorts to – SEEK DISCOMFORT.

It’s NOT saying YOLO (You Only Live Once)

It’s saying yes to things you want to, but are too afraid to.
It’s saying yes to something that’s bigger than you and your fears.

 

Seeking Discomfort has helped me – grow, meet new people, see beautiful places and have the most wonderful experiences with amazing people, receive many opportunities.

When I say opportunities, I don’t necessarily mean landing a job at an S&P 500 company. I mean to make new friends, work with wonderful brands, experience breathtaking sunsets. An opportunity to compliment someone and make their day.

 

I now challenge YOU to SEEK DISCOMFORT in your life.

Photo by @earthlingsua
Tattoo done by @handpoked_bylilo

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  1. Its really a very inspiring & encouraging to do so ,to take risk & that risk may or may not win your result,the thing is you’ve taken the first step ,you challenged yourself to do thing you dont normally do,it all happened in my life,& looking back those are the best memories ,learning experiences that helped me grow!!

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    1. That is so wonderful to hear! Keep spreading that message. To challenge yourself to do things you don’t normally do. Because they usually turn out to be the best memories and learning experiences.

      It’s a way to keep life interesting and engaging. Just like the movie ‘Yes Man’, if you’re unsure where to start. Start by saying YES to opportunities without thinking about it too much. Sometimes it can lead to opportunity, and like you said, the best memories and learning experiences.

      The most important thing is to try. Taste new things. Only then will you know whether you like it or not. Take painting lessons, if it’s boring and not your thing, well you tried something new. Maybe you met someone there and made a new friend.

      Life is full of endless possibilities. We should stop thinking we’re wise and know everything about every experience.
      Just give it a go and see how it turns out. 🙂

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  2. Amazing perspective! And beautifully conveyed with all those references. Your growth starts only after you step out of your comfort zone. That’s what makes life interesting! 🙌

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