While it may not feel like it in the moment, being uncomfortable is actually the best thing you can be as a business owner. Sure, no one likes being uncomfortable. But actually, it’s fundamental when it comes to your performance and creativity in the long-run.
We love having a sense of control when we’re in a routine. But have you ever felt like you’re sleep-walking through life when you’re stuck in a rut? There’s a reason for that. Repetition and routine dull our senses.
Feeling uncomfortable is the key to feeling alive again. It’s what makes us feel like we’re being challenged and energized at once, while also never knowing what will come next.
The first thing you can do to overcome discomfort is to accept uncertainty. You need to have the mindset that your business will never be perfect, and it’s better if it isn’t.
You’ll inevitably make mistakes as long as you’re moving forward. The key is making sure they don’t happen more than once so you can learn from them and move on.
The uncomfortable feeling is a reminder that there’s always room for improvement or something new to learn. It can also be the motivation you need to keep going when things get tough and have dry spells – because those are bound to happen at some point, too.
Blindly following your gut may not always work out in your favor, but it’s better than not following your gut at all.
Explore Your Limits
We all have a comfort zone, and it’s important that you push yourself just outside of it as much as possible – but only when the timing is right. If you’re already feeling uncomfortable about something, then don’t do anything more to make things worse! Make sure that what you’re uncomfortable with is worth the effort. If it isn’t, then don’t force yourself to do anything uncomfortable simply for the sake of being uncomfortable.
Take Creative Risks
Being uncomfortable can be a sign that you’re making progress. Take any creative risks, even if it’s just taking on something new in your personal life or experimenting with something different for your business. You might find that it’s the best thing to ever happen for you or your business. At very worst, you’ll get some fresh ideas and inspiration out of the experience.
The whole point is not being so attached to how things are now that you can’t see new possibilities as they come to light. Take the risk of being uncomfortable once a day at least to remind yourself how rewarding it is when things go well and what great opportunities and experiences await you when they do.
Manage Your Discomfort
Managing your discomfort is just as important as being uncomfortable in the first place. You know you’re doing it right when your discomfort is manageable and not uncomfortable enough to paralyze you from taking action.
For example, if there’s one thing that makes you uncomfortable but it doesn’t stop everything else in your life then managing this discomfort will be easier than just working on it full time and never taking a break.
You can also manage your discomfort by doing things that make you uncomfortable in the moment but have great long-term benefits, like going to networking events or asking for help with something even if it’s hard to do so. It may not feel good at first, but those are small sacrifices when you take into consideration the benefits you’ll get in return.
Here’s some tips and tricks to help you manage your discomfort as you continue to push your limits:
Clear Your Head
Sometimes uncomfortable feelings are just caused by stress, so find a way to relax. Take a break and do something that makes you happy for an hour or two until the stressful feeling fades away. Then you can easily identify if there is a situation that is specifically triggering feelings of discomfort.
What’s Making You Uncomfortable?
If you’re uncomfortable with something but don’t know why, then find out! You’ll never get better at managing uncomfortable feelings without knowing what they are in the first place.
For example, if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of asking for help then it’s time to do something about it. Ask someone else to complete a task or project for you and take note of how uncomfortable feelings affect your interactions in the weeks following when they have done so. If it went well, then ask them again! You can also schedule a time to talk about uncomfortable feelings privately with help of a coach.
Reflect On Your Feelings
If uncomfortable feelings are a result of something you did or said, then reflect on what happened and ask yourself if it was worth the discomfort.
Take time to think about your actions before they actually happen so that when uncomfortable feelings come up later from them, you’ll know exactly why and be better equipped with strategies to deal with it.
Go For it Anyway!
Just do it! Taking uncomfortable risks will only make you a better person or entrepreneur in the end. The more uncomfortable feelings that come up, the less they’ll bother you and instead be viewed as a sign of growth. Though you may experience negative feelings about the task, they are temporary. Overcoming discomfort can empower you and your business, so get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
Are you ready to break through your discomfort and get accelerated results in your life and business? Book your breakthrough call with DeDee today!