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.

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  1. Coming out from the circle of comfort zone is really challenging. Your explanation is like a smooth flow of water that pleased me and at the same time gave me courage to do something best. Sometimes even giving a smile seems tough but yes once we overcome that fear then that smile will definently give happiness to us as well as the receiver.

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    1. I’m so glad you received something from it! Enjoy seeking your own discomfort.
      Yes, you’re absolutely right. We can do so much good in the world just by giving a smile. We’re all humans on this earth. We’re supposed to be one big family. Depending on where you’re from, people can seem very divided. They’re in their own world, with their walls high to protect themselves. But that’s a sad and lonely way to go through life.
      A could way to lower someone’s walls and to let them know that there are still friendly and kind people on earth, is just to give a simple smile 🙂

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  2. I understand this concept. I’ve been through experiences that caused “discomfort” for me, and grown as a result, and I’ve learned that taking risks is a beautiful way to move through our time on this planet. Living an inspired life, instead of a life of fear, is what I strive for today.

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    1. That’s the wonderful thing about discomfort. It’s an opportunity to grow.
      And yes, we should absolutely take risks. Risks in the sense of, risking your comfort on the couch for a hiking adventure with friends. Or risking your comfort of a warm shower for a cold one and feeling great and alive afterwards.
      Risking your comfort to smile at someone and ask them how they are doing, especially if you’re not much of a social person. It’s these small everyday things that make up most of our life. And it’s a great place to start seeking discomfort. 🙂
      It’s wonderful that you’re living an inspired life instead of a life of fear. Keep sharing that with others and inspire them to do the same 🙂

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  3. I love this especially the lines:

    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.

    On point and applicable to me! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  4. My favourite topic – spending years now to analyse the apparently defending but indeed limiting aspect of this zone to ascertain what level of discomfort is productive but not frightening: a difficult challenge!

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  5. I loved your analogy of the Slip and Slide to conquer one’s fear of doing things. I love that this analogy reminded the reader how exciting that feeling was when you finally did slide down. It was exhilarating. Sure would be nice to have that feeling again, I agree. Enjoyed this piece very much.

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    1. We can get that same feeling by smiling at someone and they smile back. Even taking a cold shower. Eating something you’ve never eaten before because you thought you might not like it. It’s small and simple things we take for granted 🙂

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