For many of us, it’s normal to avoid physical, emotional and mental discomfort as much as possible, but believe it or not, avoiding feelings can create challenges in our life.
#1 | If we don’t address our challenges we limit our forward movement and overall effectiveness.
Instead of dodging feelings we need to move toward it and eventually work through it so it’s no longer uncomfortable. When we continually put feelings on the back burner it prevents us from being productive and completing a goal – and the thing is, we will eventually revisit those feelings again. It’s natural that if given a choice we select the easier one but until we face our discomfort we will continue to waste our time and energy.
For example, if you are struggling with a challenge a work, don’t walk away from it when you start to feel uncomfortable, instead look at it from a different perspective and if you feel like walking away the second time don’t allow yourself to give up. Take a deep breath and try again; this will break the pattern of stopping when an immediate solution is not available.
#2 | The results may surprise you, leading you to feel more confident.
A great way is to practice leaning into your discomfort is during physical activity. Whenever you think you have done all you can while running on the treadmill or when you are out for a jog, be sure to add one more minute when you think you can’t go any farther. When that minute is up, try one more. You may surprise yourself what you can actually do when you don’t allow yourself to take the easiest way out!
#3 | It gets easier with practice and can become a ‘good habit.’
Leaning into our discomfort gets easier as we practice and eventually we don’t even think about avoiding our emotions. If we can learn how to be comfortable with discomfort or resistance, we can manage any challenge that we come upon. By leaning into our discomfort and pushing ourselves each time without giving up immediately we can enhance our self-awareness.
#4 | Its okay be feel afraid of or uncomfortable with your emotions.
These feelings trigger us to do things differently and provide us with information that we need to succeed in life. We need to appreciate that being stretched and challenged can only bring out the best in us. It is very empowering to achieve goals that we feel are too difficult. Be sure to lean into your discomfort to maximize your self-awareness.