Discomfort for the Sake of Discomfort

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Discomfort for the Sake of Discomfort

We all know that in order to make changes in life, we have to get outside of our comfort zone. By definition, that means getting into your discomfort zone, feeling discomfort. This video takes a look at discomfort for the sake of being uncomfortable, testing the waters, putting yourself under discomfort deliberately in order to train yourself for when it matters.


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1 Comment

  • Jenny R

    Reply Reply December 3, 2017

    This. This is the one that did it for me. Kevin, I’ve been flirting with the idea of quitting drinking for some time now. For the last 10 years of my life, I’ve gone from an occasional drinker to a daily drinker to a daily drinker who wakes up with daily hangovers. My mother started going to AA five years ago after a lifetime of drinking and while it seems to be working for her, it just didn’t resonate with me.

    About a year ago, I found your site and started watching videos and listening to podcasts. I would feel energized and hopeful with each one, but I didn’t want to fully dive in because I was still lying to myself about WHY I wanted to keep drinking. I desperately wanted to be able to moderate so that I “wasn’t like my mom” or so that “I could have fun like everyone else”. I would go through (very) short spells of not drinking and then I’d justify to myself that it wasn’t bad for me and that I could moderate. Just like you say in your videos, that would last a while and then I’d be back to the same old pattern.

    It got to the point where I literally didn’t think that I could be happy without my nightly wine or cocktails.

    One morning, on my way to work, I decided to listen to your podcast, which I hadn’t done in a while. This episode grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. Something in me clicked and everything looked and felt different. I actually made it a point to pay attention to my thoughts during that day and intentionally do things that were slightly uncomfortable instead of immediately easy and gratifying. I made tally marks in a notebook and played a little game with myself to try and get to 10 before going home. It was a little silly, but I did things like opt for a glass of water instead of the donut in the workroom. When the urge to waste time on facebook hit me, I took three deep breaths instead. When a difficult phone call that I needed to make came to mind, I just made it instead of ignoring it.

    At home that night, when the urge to fill a glass with wine hit, I knew that I was able to recognize it as just an urge and to find something else to do. That was about a week ago and I feel amazing. I can honestly say I never want to go back. Thank you, thank you.

    P.S. I listen to you when I’m walking my dog, so the panting that some people are whining about is ok by me – it just sounds like we’re taking a walk together – which I guess we kind of are. I plan on supporting your work from now on. Heck, you’re actually saving me at least $40-50 a week in wine costs.

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