If You Want To Change

If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable
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“If you want change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.”

As creatures of habit, change has the power to intimidate and overwhelm us. Strangely, we don’t yield to it even when we know that it’s for own good! Change is frightening and it forcibly removes us from the padded walls and carpeted floors of our comfort zone. But if we want change, we have to move out and take a long, tiring walk towards a new destination.

One hindrance to our growth is our fear of failure. We fear that we might mess up outside our comfort zones, but fearing the inevitable is a powerful obstacle to growth”, says “Self Renewal” author John Gardner. “There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling.”

Perhaps a more effective way to encourage change is through knowing its benefits-as motivation. Trying new things, studies say, generates positive emotions and minimizes negative ones. We feel more alive when we test the limits of our comfort zones-like climbing mountains or skydiving. The brain actually craves challenges and overcoming fears gives it a natural high, which is why daring and adventurous people have an enticing inner glow. Most importantly, it boosts confidence and renews one’s perception of one’s self and the world in general. It helps you discover what you’re really capable of and gives you more adventures to look forward to.

Unless you’re willing to get uncomfortable, you can never get out of your present situation. Besides, if you want change, it means you’re never truly comfortable of your life to start with.

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