Comfort can be an amazing thing. Helps you relax, helps you stop for a moment and forget daily troubles. Yet, it if misused, it can turn into powerful enemy. Staying too long in the comfortable position will make you unable to catch up with your goals. No great innovation came from a state of relaxation. It was always the itch of discomfort, the urge for improvement, vision of a better future someone built in their head and then worked towards; regardless of the rejection, the struggle, the fear.

The discomfort we feel when rejected, has a potential of becoming our great ally. Same thing with stress we experience when facing difficult situations. Mostly, it’s a matter of perspective how we use those two: as a driving force or a sign to stop. Next time you feel stressed, try this technique: before a big moment, instead of stressing yourself out and repeating in your head “Oh my god, I am going to fail.” You do THE BEST, seriously, the best you can. Will you stress then, knowing you are 100% prepared? How about starting to use uncomfortable feelings as a motivation to try harder, instead of avoiding them?

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There are amazing things out there and we might not get to see them, nor be part in making them, if we stay “safe”.

Stepping out of the comfort zone, does not only mean overcoming your fear. It also includes getting a new perspective, gaining new knowledge, trying new things we might have ignored before. Observe the world around you as much as you can. Observe, test, analyze the results and harvest your experience.

Forgetting yourself in those experiences might be a good thing too. Meaning, do not think about yourself and do not judge what is happening. It might be good sometimes to see things without your assumptions getting in the way. Maybe you don’t like summer and now you’re sitting in the sun, sweating, feeling a strong desire for a cold shower? What if you imagine yourself as a sun-lover? How would you feel in this situation then? Can you step out of your own emotions and take on the perspective of someone else? To do so truly, can be quite a difficult task. Everything we do is based on assumptions we have. Of course, stepping out of your comfort zone is not equal with throwing yourself into any risk coming your way. Having a risk management session before you start something, either new, to secure the outcome of your goals, or old, to avoid repeating the past mistakes, is always a good thing.

So, let’s try, for this upcoming week to turn around the perspective of stress, fear and discomfort into a positive impulse that will drive you to try something new. And let’s try to loose our assumptions and constant judgement of everything around.

 

Article written by Dagmara Chen, a 26-year old entrepreneur based in Poland. This article is part of a series – The Lateral Journal.