Am I comfortable with being uncomfortable?
A few years ago I went through a rough period in my life where my relationship broke down, a business partnership ended badly and my mum was diagnosed with cancer. Whilst this was a difficult time for me, the dark clouds did carry a silver lining.
I started to reflect on all the things that I wanted to work on in order to become a better person for myself, for my family and for the world!
After spending time praying, reading and attending lots of personal development seminars, I felt called to conquer the number one fear in the world – public speaking!
My first couple of speeches at my public speaking club absolutely sucked! I was super nervous, incoherent and uninspiring. The learning curve was really steep for me and there were many occasions when the frustration made me want to give up on my dream.
Whenever we are working on a big goal there will come a point where we will need to step out of our comfort zone in order to move up to the next level. The trouble is, human beings are creatures of habit and your brain will play all kinds of tricks to stop you from trying something new or unfamiliar.
Think back to a time when you wanted to make a big change in your life. It could be getting a new job, travelling the world, or ending a relationship that was no longer working. You will probably recall feeling some level of resistance about making those decisions.
The Oxford Dictionary defines resilience as “…able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.” Therefore to be resilient you need to be prepared to embrace change and willing to step out of your comfort zone.
In my case this meant that I had to deliver a bunch of crappy speeches before I built up the confidence to deliver inspiring speeches – including my popular TED Talk that has impacted tens of thousands of people across the globe!
Remember it’s always better to try something and not get it right the first time than living with the regret of never trying in the first place. When you are without growth mindset you will be without progress!
Score yourself from 1 to 5, with 1 being “very comfortable with being uncomfortable” and 5 being “not comfortable at all”: Am I comfortable with being uncomfortable?
And now to the third question I ask myself whenever I need to check my resilience…
STEP OUT OF THE SHADOW OF YOUR LIMITATIONS
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