Bring On the Discomfort

Are you listening to yourself? You are if you feel discomfort in the face of adversity. That discomfort is telling you you’re growing and it’s making you a better listener. Listening isn’t always with our ears. It can be with our head, heart, and gut.

Adopting some new perspectives during the push is hard. Especially as you’re trying to overcome some old problems you want gone, but can’t seem to get rid of them. Often times negative emotions are triggered and you find yourself instead of moving into the discomfort, you’re moving away from it and quitting. Our brains are wired to avoid any discomfort as a flight or fight mechanism. It’s not always easy to override that.

Believe it or not, positive thinking isn’t enough to get you through the feeling of discomfort. It acts at times as an excuse. The best way is to face it and dive right in to deal with it. We need to use our head, heart, and gut all together to push through. Intuition or your head is the first start. Realizing that your in discomfort and you’re going to be in it to get to the other side is step one.

Your heart brain gives you a deeper sense of how you’re feeling. It really allows you to read between the lines in what the discomfort is really telling you. Sometimes it’s a matter of knowledge you don’t have. It could manifest itself like it often does to me in a physical strength gap you’ve not built yet. Once you’ve accomplished really listening to your heart brain it’s time to tap into what your gut brain is telling you.

That gut brain of yours is what helps you realize your sacred about taking that big leap. Most of the time manifesting in times where you’re learning something new. You can then confront your own emotions and for the most part be comfortable with the uncomfortable. You become more clear at understanding what’s motivating you to be in this uncomfortable situation in the first place. There’s a lot of power in that realization you can use to accelerate yourself into a way forward.

Creating a atmosphere of trust with yourself is a great way to overcome the flight syndrome your brain might be telling you to make. We need to be in a right state of mind to overcome discomfort to find our way forward. I like to call this the sweet spot. It’s the eye of the hurricane you might feel like your in where everything around you is raging, but with the right in the middle of the storm, it doesn’t feel that way. I’ve read and heard it called the flow. A state of rhythm that feels effortless in a way even though you’re working really hard. Focusing on the present moment is a great way to trigger the flow.

But, we can’t live in this state of discomfort forever. There has to be an established goal so you can get out as well as create a milestone that gives you a way forward perspective. The pause allows you to refine and assess before taking on the next discomfort. Sometimes the goal is already achieved and we don’t know it yet. We’ve just not taken the time to realize it. We burn out. The pause is also a pat on the back. Every athlete takes a time out to recoup some drive. You need it too. You can explore your blind spots better when you have a moment to reflect back. You need the whole story to continue through successfully.

If you really want to move through discomfort you need perspective of your discomfort. Exploring your negative emotions with a little exploration to build trust in the discomfort you feel can make all the difference. With some focus on your heart, brain, and gut will you will find the solutions you need to find your way forward.

Hope you’re having a great week! As always thanks for reading and checking in.

✌🏻 Shawn

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