Discomfort vs. Discouragement

There is a fine line between discomfort and discouragement when it comes to personal growth. You need to learn how to find that line, and keep yourself on the right side of it.

Personal growth, while seemingly stressful and a bit scary sometimes — it’s a great thing!

It expands your world, your possibilities and opportunities.

You just have to convince yourself you can make it through the discomfort chunks of personal growth without crossing over to the discouragement side.

When challenges that are outside your circle of personal comfort come up, there are a lot of feelings that are going to take hold.

Fear, anxiety, and stress will be your guiding forces through the situation.

That’s ok, but you may try to refocus those feelings a bit.

Personal growth should be a fun and enjoyable thing. You should recognize that you are experiencing personal growth and relish in it.

Sure, to grow there is usually some discomfort. They don’t call it ‘growing pains’ for nothing! But it doesn’t have to be overly burdensome or hard.

They key is not letting the discomfort overtake you and make you unable to continue your growth.

Instead you should be filled with inspiration to take this new problem and push through, around, or over it, knowing once you pass it, you have grown as a person and can experience and handle more of what the world has to offer.

How do you react when things are out of your ‘personal comfort zone’?

Do you withdraw, or face them head on?

By withdrawing, or hiding from the growth you will never be able to get to the next level of personal growth.

Practical Application

Try something our of your comfort zone. For example, if you are the kind who is shy in public, make yourself go to a social venue that has something you wanted to see, hear, or learn about.

Take it on for the experience. At first, it will be uncomfortable, but by the end, you will have gotten rid of that fear and anxiety, and have a new, expanded comfort zone.

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