The importance of discomfort

As Seth Godin says in his book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible, “Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone. When your uncomfortable actions lead to success, the organization rewards you and brings you back for more.”

In a way, the feeling of discomfort is how you know you are constantly pushing yourself, to do things differently, to want something better for yourself.

Although the thought of ‘discomfort’ certainly isn’t a compelling proposition.

Think about how easy it has been in the past to ease that foot off the pedal, and move to autopilot mode.

How much more encouraging a thought rather than constant discomfort!

And why? Because it works to a certain extent of course. People do get by with doing just enough.
The question is, is just enough enough for you?

Here are a few more arguments that David Rock point out in support of being mindfully active:

1. People are happier when they are mindfully active vs least happy when they are resting

2. Being more consciously mindful helps improve your brain function as well

3. Mindfulness isn’t difficult: the hard part is remembering to do it

4. Practicing being engaged is important, as you’re more likely to then remember to do it

Remember, familiarity breeds comfort and comfort breeds complacency.

People with passion look for ways to make things happen rather than sit back in complacency.

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