How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Feb 22, 2022 | Right Now

Being comfortable is something that we all aim to be. Who doesn’t want comfort, right? We love the idea of cozy homes, warm beds, and just being in the safe space of our bubble. But is staying comfortable a good idea? Is being comfortable with the uncomfortable a good idea?

As we grow older, we cannot avoid growing pains. One way or another, we all have to feel uncomfortable. The only way through the uncomfortableness is by embracing it. So how can you be comfortable with it? Here’s what we gathered. 

Do not wait to be comfortable 

To get comfortable with the uncomfortable means you have to start doing something different. Waiting for the right moment or the perfect time does not exist. The best time to start is NOW. Ask yourself, why do I want to change? Now, write it down. Doing so will always help you remember why you started when things get uncomfortable.  

Acknowledge your current situation

What is your current situation right now? How did this get you into this scenario? What can you do to change that? – asking questions like this will help you realize what your current state is. It will also help you start the journey [1]

Be willing to fail

One good way to embrace the uncomfortable is that you must be willing to fail. To succeed means you have to fail first. Of course, this does not mean you have to remain a failure. Failing at something means you are learning; you are taking up bits and pieces of knowledge that you can apply in your life. You must be comfortable with failure as part of the process towards your success. 

Build networks and meet new people

Go out, meet people and build rapport. It will open you to new opportunities and chances that you probably didn’t even know existed. Not only will it help you meet new people but it will also open doors for you. Plus, it is great to find people you can talk to for support. 

Recognize what you have accomplished

Reflect on what you did five years ago. What changed? Were you the same person then? What about now? What was your greatest accomplishment? Reflecting on your achievements and recognizing your victories will give you a sense of hope and motivation.

But of course, your journey does not end there. There are still plenty more to go! You just have to keep track of your progress and learn from all the times you’ve been uncomfortable in the past. 

Does being uncomfortable really lead to success?

The quick answer is yes. When we are comfortable, we are at our baseline. We don’t do much when we are safe and secure. But when we are uncomfortable, we become resourceful – we find ways not to be in that situation.

Let us also challenge ourselves when we are in awkward circumstances. Learning to be okay with being uncomfortable is one of the most vital skills you need to master in your personal and professional life. 

We all need to embrace difficult situations. It is one way to grow and learn. If we choose to be safe all the time, how can we learn to protect ourselves? Life is full of challenges; we must learn how to adapt if we want to survive.