“If we choose , we can all live in a world of comforting illusion” Naom Chomsky .
Although we all love it, comfort can lead to self-absorption, boredom, and discontent. The hard truth is – “You can either be comfortable and stagnate or stretch yourself—become uncomfortable—and grow.”
At some point in life we all realize that change is the only constant, yet we all have a tendency to want to avoid it. The factor that most influences whether we stick to our decisions that lead to change or go back to our old habits and attitude, is the discomfort we feel as soon as we try to let go. We often confuse this discomfort with unhappiness or even failure.
So to help you sort through these feelings, I am listing a list of 3 things you will feel, when you are on the precipice of change that can make you uncomfortable, but are not necessarily bad for you.
- Feeling unsure of yourself?
While wanting to transform our lives, we have to begin with transforming ourselves first. It should come as no surprise that you find yourself questioning whether or not you know what to do next or even know who you are anymore.
If you no longer feel like your old self, that’s a clear indicator of an internal shift within you. If you feel lost in the midst of making a change or growing, it doesn’t mean that you are on the wrong path. What it means is that you are dealing with new experiences, new emotions, new expectations, and ultimately a new reality. That’s a lot to deal with. So instead of quitting, keep going.
- Feeling like no one understands you?
Self-transformation can be a lonely road. If we constantly seek approval and understanding from those around us, we are in for some disappointment. Therefore feeling isolated or not wanting to meet certain people can actually mean that you are on the right track. You no longer benefit from certain people and situations, and your subconscious knows that. So don’t feel guilty for putting yourself first. Remember to show yourself some compassion and understanding, instead of seeking it from others. This is also the time you can consider working with a mentor or coach who has been on that journey in the past and can hold your hand, making your walk a lot easier.
- Feeling anxious and fearful?
Your battle with your old self and the wannabe brilliant self is going to create some feelings of anxiousness and restlessness. Relax, take a deep breath, and meditate, listen to music, take a nap. Just don’t let yourself get drowned by these feelings. The feeling of not being in control is actually an indicator that you have stepped out of your comfort zone. So when that happens, it’s important to see this feeling as a “natural” part of growing, rather than focusing on it and enhancing it. Just remind yourself that “It’s all good, and you are going to be fine”
As a 360°Success Coach, I am constantly choosing things that make me step out of my comfort zone, because I know that discomfort is the biggest indicator that you are evolving.
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