Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Posted by Orrin Woodward on August 12, 2013
As a young lad, growing up in Columbiaville, Michigan, I avoided trying new activities for fear of embarrassing myself. Looking back, I now realize I hurt my ability to grow by being so uncomfortable with being uncomfortable with an new field. In essence, the only thing I did was ensure I failed through not even making an effort. I didn’t start playing baseball until fifth grade (even though I should have started in the second grade) because I was afraid I wouldn’t play well. In truth, I only delayed learning the game and gave everyone else a three year head start. Nonetheless, I eventually learned the game and wondered why I procrastinated so long before attempting something new.
I say all of this to challenge the next-generation to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Yes, of course, a person will make mistakes and probably fail in his first efforts in a new endeavor, but that’s just how God designed human beings to learn. For in real life, the test is given first, then the red checkmarks display where we need to improve before taking the test again. One must have the courage to take the test, study the results, and make adjustments in order to improve. By lacking courage, in other words, I missed out on many tests that would have helped me improve as a person, performer, and leader.
To sum up, this is probably the greatest single principle I learned on my journey to personal success in life – anyone can improve in any area if he is willing to take the test, even if it means failing at first, so he can learn what he must improve upon in order to grow and win. So here is my challenge to the reader. What is it that you truly want to accomplish in life? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Start the activity today and take the first “test.” It is time to get comfortable being uncomfortable for all longterm success is on the other side of one’s comfort zone. LIFE Leadership helps being with this process.