In business and in life, success is going to come on the back side of discomfort. It comes after we’ve pushed and challenged ourselves. But somewhere along the line, a lot of people started believing that success should come easy. That it’s all champagne, private jets and Bentleys. It’s not. Success is hard. But it’s the hard work that makes everything worth it in the end. So step out of your comfort zone and get comfortable being uncomfortable!
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
The Navy SEALS have an inspiring principal which is this: get comfortable being uncomfortable. Why is this so important? It’s because in our businesses and in our lives, if we want to be successful, that success is only going to come on the back side of our discomfort. It’s going to come after we’ve pushed ourself and challenged ourself. It’s only going to come after we’ve seen what we are made of.
Think about your health. If you want to be physically fit, if you want to be healthy, if you want to be somebody who’s got a lot of energy, you’ve gotta do what? You’ve got to go to the gym. But the gym is not somewhere you go for comfort. It’s somewhere you go to get really uncomfortable for an hour, or a half an hour, or maybe for some of you, a couple of hours. And you are going to push yourself. You’re going to see how much weight you can lift. How long you can run. How hard you can push your body. And during that time it’s going to be wildly uncomfortable. But on the back side of that discomfort is better health, better energy, and a better physical appearance.
Think about great relationships or think about a great business or maybe a sales call that you need to make. Maybe you’re a little bit nervous about picking up the phone and making that sales call. You’ve got to put yourself out there. You’ve got to be willing to risk the rejection and the ‘no’ in order to get the potential for the yes. The success is only going to come after you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone.
So how do we prepare ourselves? How do we train to be uncomfortable so that we can actually get comfortable with our discomfort?
Learn Something New
Always push yourself to learn something new in any area of life. Maybe try learning a new language or learning a new sport or a new hobby or a new skill of some sort. Any time you push yourself, you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone in a particular area of life. That starts to build a level of success that you have. And as you start to have some success in that area, you can take what you’ve learned there and apply it in to other areas of your life.
Recruit the Help of Others
Maybe it’s a coach or maybe it’s an accountability partner. It’s somebody else who can help push you and who can help keep you accountable so that you don’t fall off the wagon. That person can also be right along side of you learning that same sport or that new hobby or that new skill at the same time as you so you’re kind of pushing and motivating each other.
Break It Down
Sometimes when we step outside of our comfort zones, we can get really overwhelmed with everything we need to learn and everything we need to do. It can start to weigh us down, that level of overwhelm. So what I would encourage you to do is do what a gentleman by the name of Mark Owen did. He was a Navy SEAL and he wrote a book called “No Easy Day” on how Osama Bin Laden was killed. What he talks about is in his life, when he got into the Navy SEAL bootcamp, he said “man, I was so overwhelmed. But what I did is I broke everything down into small little bit sized chunks. It was like ‘if I can make it to breakfast, I’ll be okay.’” And when he got to breakfast, and he survived breakfast, he said “now I just need to make it to lunch.” And “now I just need to make it to dinner.” And then after dinner was “I just have to do it again tomorrow.” He took it one day at a time, one step at a time. You don’t have to do it all right away.
Take the Jump
At some point, you’re just going to have to jump. You’re just going to have to go all in. You can’t try this. You can’t keep going “well…I’ll just do a little bit here, a little bit there…” At some point you’re just going to have to say “I’m in! I’m going make this happen. I’m going to risk discomfort because this is something that I want and that is so important to me.” And when you do that, you’re going to find that you’re actually capable of so much more than you ever believed.
So here’s what I want to leave you with: get comfortable being uncomfortable. If you want to be successful in business and in life, get comfortable with your discomfort.