How to Grow? Be uncomfortable!

This is a recap of a solo episode I do for the Hustle the Day Podcast.

I want to talk to you about being uncomfortable? Because nobody likes that right? Well, I know I used to not like it. And now it’s something that I purposely do. I try to put myself in uncomfortable situations, because comfort means regression, and uncomfort means progression.

So a lot of my life, my adult life rather, I have tried to become comfortable. It’s all about you know, sitting back on the couch watching TV, just relaxing from hard work. Well, I didn’t really understand hard work previous to that. Lately, I’ve been working harder than ever, and putting myself in uncomfortable situations. And it’s led to growth. And this is something that successful people tend to do. And I’m not claiming to be successful, I’m just saying other people that I admire, they are purposely putting themselves in uncomfortable situations all the time, because that’s where the growth happens.

By being comfortable, you regress because you are sitting on the couch, not moving towards your goals. And you are also conditioning yourself that you should always be in that comfort zone. So anytime you have to do a bigger task or you know, get uncomfortable, it’s harder to do. By always seeking out those uncomfortable situations. It’s more natural when you are in those uncomfortable situations. So in my previous life, I will say when I was comfortable all the time, it made life harder for me. Because anytime I was presented with an uncomfortable situation, I didn’t know what to do, I shrunk in, I had lots of opportunities presented to me and I didn’t know what to do with them because I had never been put in that situation. And so the last few years, I’ve purposely been putting myself in more uncomfortable situations, both physically, mentally, you know, whatever the case may be, I’m trying to put myself in those situations so that I can grow and the growth has been exponential. And by purposely putting yourself in a growing situation, it eventually compounds.

The book, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, I’ve referenced it several times recently. I’ve read it the last few weeks ago again, but it it is really interesting to see how those little changes those little bits of growth, they seem miniscule, they seem like you aren’t doing anything but then all of a sudden it skyrockets. It’s that compound effect, eventually it will all build up to the point where you see that huge growth. And it’s taken a long time for me to see that growth in me personally. But I know I need to keep going even when I don’t want to even when it’s just gets difficult. That’s the time where it really starts to pay off.

I had a little story post on Instagram about this today as I’m recording this, about leaders that put themselves purposely in uncomfortable situations. And you know what, that’s what you’ve got to do if you want to grow your business. If you want To be comfortable on the couch all the time and not progress in your job in business or you know what there’s, there’s time and place for that. I’m not saying you can’t, you always have to be grinding 24 seven, you know, I understand there’s a time and place for a break.

However, if you’re make those breaks more frequent or more common, you lose your right to be upset when the results don’t happen. And that’s my message to you today. Hope it helps get out there and hustle the day.

Trent V Bray