Embrace the Discomfort

There are two types of change –  change that happens to us, and change that we make happen. One is inevitable, and the other optional. 

Be it inevitable or optional, change isn’t always desirable or pleasant. It almost always involves some pain, loss, or discomfort.

We are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain.  Hence, it is natural to ‘resist change’ so as to avoid the discomfort it brings.   However, deep down, it’s not the change that we resist, but the imminent loss that we need to endure for change requires letting go of the old to create space for the new to emerge.

No change, no pain. And no pain, no gain.  The price we pay for avoiding pain is to forgo the possibility for growth that accompanies change.

The quicker we let go of what needed to be let go of, be it safety, familiarity, or comfort, the quicker we will embrace change and experience the new realities.

Change is essential for growth.  If we don’t change, we don’t grow.

Choose growth over comfort and step boldly forward into the change.  Embrace the discomfort. Your growth is directly proportionate to the size of your discomfort and your speed of letting go.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

~Andre Gide


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