Choose Your Discomfort

“Many people delay taking action because they hope to avoid suffering. They keep searching for a path that won’t involve tradeoffs.

But some form of suffering is always inevitable. The process of taking action is the process of choosing your pain.”

James Clear

Part of the “why” that I talked about last time is, in large part, making sure that the emotional, spiritual, and personal leverage you have on yourself is strong enough to overcome the discomfort and pain that you will suffer as you progress towards your “what”.

I don’t find the sharp pains difficult. I’m okay with a short term pain. That might be why I have a high pain tollerance when it comes to physical discomfort.

But I find the monotony of doing the same thing over and over to be painful. It causes me to seek out distractions from the rote processes.

It is ironic because those monotonous activities are where the true progress lies. You don’t improve from large, sweeping actions. Your improvement is the result of grinding away — often uncomfortably — day in and day out until you make a sudden leap to the next level.

Finding security in the mundane is a challenge I need to face. I need to be okay with the grind. I need to find comfort and solace in the every day work.

Do the one thing. And do it over and over again. Do it until you have unique distinctions about it that no one else who hasn’t put in the time can find.

The discomfort of consistency leads to the advancement of skill and understanding.

Find solace in that discomfort. Seek it out. It is your path to your greater purpose. It is your way forward to BE the person you have chosen to become.

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