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What situations come into your mind when you think about discomfort?
That are just some examples for more introverted people like myself, but everyone has their own comfort- and discomfort zones.
Discomfort can be caused by a mixture of emotions like
All subforms of anxiety and shame.
Anxiety and shame cause a stress response in our bodies. The extent and that's why also the consequences of this stress response depends on our perception.
Children feel less discomfort of taking action, because in their early life stage they are less capable of thinking about the possible scary or emberassing consequences of their actions (less anxiety & shame). Their few life experiences make them less able to anticipate. Instead they focus more on the present than the future.
Do you know Mel Robbins' "5 second rule"?
If not, the key is to distract your brain from your discomforting emotions, with her advice by counting from 5 to 1 and then act.
It works for some people, because logic (counting backwards) activates different brain regions than when perceiving your emotions, which can get in the way of taking action.
The quote does at least three things to help you being more in the present moment
1. & 2. are the same benefits form the 5 sec rule. I can recommend the Deepstash articles about it ;)
Being aware of your own perception can help to identify your own emotions better. When you ask yourself in response of the quote – Why am I scared?
You rationalise your emotions and question them to be appropriate or not. Your learn more about yourself.
When you learn and understand yourself better, you are more considerate and compassionate with yourself.
It will be easier for you to find more reasons to act than not to act on your discomfort, because when you repeatly make the decision to overcome it, it might become a habit.
Your brain adapts. The stress response reduces and it becomes easier to focus on the present.
A best friend gives you good advice, because her/his emotional stress response don't cloud their mind staying rational.
Self-awareness in situations of discomfort might help you to become your own best friend.
means - change to become better.
If you decide to do one thing a day that scares you, better start small.
Small steps of change bring compound success in longterm without being overwhelmed quickly, because your brain gets the time to adapt to your new strategy to turn active cognitive chosen changes into passive automated habits.
Mastery doesn't come overnight. Mastery takes time.
A basic principle is – The more time you spend on something, the more competence you grow in that area.
Documenting the situations, where you overcame your discomfort with grattitude briefly and daily in a notebook increases the amount of practice to consolidate your initial change into a habit with thought structured writing.
The quote in this article changed the way I perceive and act on my zone of discomfort. Today, discomfort is my emotional indicator for where I still have or want to grow. But I try to avoid becoming an self-optimisation addict (other form of stress compensation).
Before habitually or blindly acting on every discomfort, you can ask yourself, does it make me happier overcoming it?
I'm happy to be an introvert, because it has benefits and that fits my values.
Self-awareness can also help you evaluating every change you plan to make based on your own definition of happiness.
Comfort - Inaction - Inexperience - Inability.
Discomfort - Action - Experience* - Ability.
𝙲𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛-𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚍 𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚢.
This article adresses a possible approach of getting more life-control about discomfort causing situations. It covers the importance of perception as a key for change and integrates common concepts like the "5 second rule", self-awareness, habitualization, "Kaizen" and self-reflection, while contrasting an introverted mindset with an extroverted one.
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