Be Willing To Be Uncomfortable

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Be willing to be unforgettable. Be comfortable being unforgettable. It may get tough, but its a small price to pay for living the dream.” – Peter McWilliams

Getting out of our comfort involves taking risk mentally and physically. If you’re averse to doing the uncomfortable, you’ll probably see it as a waste of time. Besides, living inside our comfort zone isn’t all that bad; you get regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress. Why want more?

While it’s your prerogative to settle in a comfortable existence with minimal risk, years of research confirmed that a steady state of relative comfort creates a steady level of performance. Hence, if your goal is to maximize your capabilities and discovering what you’re really made of, you need “Optimal Anxiety,” a space just outside your comfort zone.

In a pioneer study by psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson, it was found that pushing too hard can actually cause a negative result, dropping one’s performance off the chart. Our comfort zone isn’t necessarily a bad thing; in fact, we need to return to it from time to time. Problems occur when we get too comfortable with comfort, because it kills productivity and creativity, leaving us prone to depression.

Optimal anxiety differs from one person to another; the more we get comfortable with discomfort, the further our optimal anxiety goes. The more we get used to unexpected situations and brave pursuits, the easier it is to deal with them. Ultimately, it will take us to places way beyond our dreams. As a quote goes, “When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

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