I wrote and deleted the title to this post a few times before it felt right to me. Originally I started with “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” and I realized that the last thing I want you to glean from this post is that I want you to get comfortable and lazy with your routine. That’s when the term embrace came to my mind instead.
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” -Peter McWilliams.
So, why am I talking about embracing being uncomfortable? Sounds pretty…well uncomfortable, right? It is. Being in an uncomfortable situation, whatever it may be, is stressful and sometimes nerve wracking. Being uncomfortable isn’t a place that humans are accustomed to want to be. It’s not natural to have the desire to want to keep oneself in a state of tension or stress. So why exactly am I asking you to embrace such a state?
BECAUSE TOUGH SITUATIONS BUILD STRONG INDIVIDUALS.
Just think, if it weren’t for a substantial amount of pressure applied to a lump of coal then we would never have a diamond. If a chunk of coal has the ability to turn into something stunning with some heat and pressure, then don’t for once think that you can’t do the same.
Generationally speaking, we have become a population of coddled individuals. We now get participation awards in sports, we have to be cautious to sensor our every word so as not to offend the tall person, the short person, the wide person, the yellow person, or the purple person (you get my drift). We praise and build people up when in reality, the best thing we could be doing for them is criticizing them. Yes, I said criticize. There most definitely is a constructive way to go about that. You’re not doing anyone an ounce of good when they (for example) come dead last in a race and you praise them as if they won gold. Dead last is a place for a reason. Now, you’ve got to figure out why you were put there, make changes, and refuse to settle for that place again. And if you’re the person I’m speaking about who totally blew it and landed last, you need to learn how to accept critique and use it to your advantage. And believe me, I AM SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE. I’ve been there. I’ve been that person. And if you can commiserate, then you know that you will fight like hell to never be that person again. Of course, we don’t all always get first place. That’s unrealistic. But there is never ever a time when you should be able to say that you have no room for improvement. We are humans. There is always room for us to become better.
And now back to getting a little bit uncomfortable…
So you want to win that race? You want to lose 20 pounds? You want to build some muscle? Then you need to know what’s in store for you. It’s not going to be pretty, but more than likely it will be pretty hard. If you just keep doing what you’ve always done, then you really are going to just keep staying where you are. That being said, step out of your comfort zone. Get a little nervous. You might think that the new fad diet you heard about, or some little pill, sounds like your ticket to a beach ready body. But you’re wrong. You are dead wrong. And if you’re still reading, and you still want to get it together and get the body you want, then you need to buck up and get ready to embrace the uncomfortable. Drop that bag of cheese curls, put on some tennis shoes, and get to some sweating. Go pick up some weight, and I don’t just mean a little. Grab something heavy (whatever your heavy is) and lift that up and put it back down. And do it again. And again. And when your mind tells you it’s had enough, then you better do it once more just to show your mind who’s in charge.
YOUR MIND WILL THROW IN THE TOWEL BEFORE YOUR BODY EVER WILL.
Understand that and embrace that. Know that your body is capable of far more than your mind will ever let on. Walk that fine line between absolutely driven and sadistic. Because yes, you can train and diet yourself right into a dark hole. You need to listen to your body, it will tell you when it’s had enough. Learn to trust in what your muscles are telling you. Your mind will break before those muscles have reached their limit. Train your mind as you train your body. Your brain is capable of growing, too (theoretically). Find what works for you. Does reading motivational quotes help you to overcome your mind blocks? Maybe listening to certain music? Whatever it may be, find your roadblock motivation. Don’t let your mind beat your body at it’s own game. And get a little uncomfortable…
Then you’ll know you’re doing something right.