As human beings we are constantly seeking pleasure. We engage in activities that make us feel good. However, during our search for pleasure, we spend a lot of time avoiding any sort of discomfort. This makes sense though. Who wants to be uncomfortable? I mean, who would choose to wear a pair of wet jeans over dry ones?
Despite the fact that discomfort is the opposite of pleasure, learning to be uncomfortable can be one of the most powerful ways to affect great change in your life. Here are 5 reasons why!
1. CONFIDENCE BOOST
Without a doubt learning to accept discomfort will increase your confidence. This is because it takes work. We must put in effort and work through our discomfort in order to achieve our baseline again. Each and every time you are able to accept discomfort and move forward, you have achieved a major goal. With each goal you achieve your confidence will increase. Our confidence increases the most when we prevail through the toughest times.
2. IT’S TEMPORARY
Just like any other feeling or emotion, discomfort is not for eternity. Relief will be found. The fact that there is certainly an end to discomfort is a great foundation for beginning to work through it. Always remember that accepting the discomfort, understanding the basis of it, and achieving relief is a possibility. If we spend too much time trying to avoid discomfort we will be uncomfortable far too long. Accept it and work through it.
3. THE RETURN IS EXTRAORDINARY
We are pleasure-seeking creatures. We want to do things that release endorphins. We are constantly seeking more and more pleasure. Have you ever noticed that when something is easily attained, it isn’t as pleasurable as it could be. Imagine eating an ice cream cone at 11 AM after you just woke up. Not bad, would probably be pleasurable. Now imagine that you ran a marathon prior to eating the ice cream. It would be far better. This is because you worked for it. If you want more pleasure, you must work through the discomfort.
4. YOU BECOME A SOURCE OF MOTIVATION
As you begin to accept discomfort and successfully work through it, you will become a source of motivation for the people around you. A role model, if you will. Although our discomfort may not be visible, people will absolutely take note of your ability to persevere. This will be reflected through your new and improved confidence.
5. IT’S SIMPLY PART OF LIFE
Life is not all fun and games. No one on this planet has ever lived a life of complete pleasure and satisfaction. Each person struggles through trials and tribulations. We were created with an incredible amount of natural resilience. Each and every person has an innate ability to keep pushing forward. Use this wisely. Take advantage of it.
This current post was inspired by the articles written by Amy Morin, LCSW. You can check out some of her work here! (I advise you do)