Comfortable Discomfort

By October 18, 2013Motivation, News

Lately a few of you have been asking me how to get out of the “plateau” you think you’re in. “I feel like I’m not getting any faster,” you say.

“You’re not,” I observe. I’m always the bearer of good news.

The reason you’re not getting any faster could be attributed to a million different things – many of which I’ve talked about on this blog in the past – but lately there has been a common thread among the folks asking me for advice: you don’t like being uncomfortable. This is a fairly large problem to have if you are hoping to go faster, because you see, going faster is significantly less comfortable than going slower. This is also a problem for those of you hoping to get stronger, because lifting heavy things is far less comfortable than lifting light things.

Do you see a pattern forming? That’s right, it’s not a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. In fact, your mental desire to rest when you get tired is keeping you from realizing all of the physical ability you have right now.

I’m trying to help you all get better at everything but first you have to be willing to go outside your comfort zone. Then you actually have to GO outside of it, and begin exploring further and further the depths of the uncomfortable. Until that happens, I promise that you will never find out how much better you can be.

Get out of your own way, and let yourself suffer a little more than you did yesterday. Work harder than ever, and just when you think you’re about to die shout GO DAMMIT!! GO!! as loud as you can in your head, and don’t stop no matter what until the workout is done!

Then, when your senses return to you and you slowly climb back to your feet, you’ll remember what being awesome feels like.

Now let’s do this.