Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Have you ever been on your way to a huge meeting and you swear your stomach could explode at any moment? You’re sweating so strongly out of pure anxiety that you wet the steering wheel? We’ve all felt it. I’m here to tell you one strong truth: It’s good for you.

That’s right. I’d even venture to say it’s great for you! When the human body is faced with the “fight or flight” response, we experience an adrenaline rush like never before. Our senses are heightened, out mind is alert, and we’re ready for battle!

There are two types of stress, one that is good for you and one that is not so good. As the author of the well know book series, The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris put it, “Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress—stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.”

I’m betting that right as you get out of your sweat-laden car, where you’re pretty sure you left your stomach, you feel a sense of excitement. You’ve grown. You’re ready to crush whatever obstacle that comes your way. You enter that meeting, head high, ready to show them why they can’t live without you. You’re ready to show them the way to success like they’ve never seen before. 

Aren’t you glad you got in the car?