Get comfortable being uncomfortable
"Get comfortable being uncomfortable" is a phrase I have always liked. When it applies to other people 🙂 It's always a little rougher when you are talking about yourself.
We live in a world where every convenience can be taken care of. Want some water when you get thirsty? It is everywhere! Hungry? Try to drive 5 minutes without seeing a fast food place, grocery store, or convenience store that carries food. Houses and cars are heated and cooled. My wife's car even has those sweet bun warmers in her car. We aren't uncomfortable very often. So when we do become uncomfortable, it freaks us out a little and makes us back away. When you are running, do you stop because your legs would not move any further or because you were very uncomfortable? Same with lunges, squats, presses, etc... I want you to redefine your limits. Chances are, you already know where you are weak. Start there. For me, it is the running part. I'm not a big fan of it. So that's what I will be working on the most. What is it for you? The best way to become strong is to work on your weakness. One of my weak spots in life has always been public speaking. It wasn't a problem when I was working for other people doing one to one personal training. All I had to do was show up and train. For any business owners out there, you know that you are your business. You have to be out in the public eye to grow your business. I will go speak in front of any group, any time anywhere now. I'm not comfortable doing it, but I am comfortable being uncomfortable so I do it. I still get nervous. I still feel like I am going to throw up. But I know that it won't kill me, despite my dangerously high heart rate. This weekend I am even teaching a fitness dance class for charity. Talk about being out of your comfort zone... This one might actually kill me, but it's for charity so I'm in. Are you comfortable in your workouts? I'm not saying they are easy workouts, but are you comfortable? Can you finish every set you do? Do you always feel like you had something left in the tank after a run? Are you going through the motions in the class you are taking? If so, I challenge you to pick it up a little. Use heavier weights, run a little further, try that class that scares you. You know what happens after that? You see it was not as scary as you thought. Then you will continue to conquer your goals and redefine your limits. It will not be easy, sometimes it's not much fun, you won't be comfortable, but it will definitely make you improve. Get comfortable being uncomfortable and the sky is the limit.