Being uncomfortable can be quite a challenge to overcome. We don’t like to do things that we are not used to, especially when they don’t feel right. We would rather end the “pain” now, even if our future self depends on it. The real problem for us is that since we cannot guarantee the future, we don’t want to commit ourselves early in the process.

Sacrifice, pain, suffering — they are not chosen as things we would desire to experience along our journey. But they are indeed priceless.

Uncomfortable leads us to success, or at least drives us in that direction.

I try to teach my children about being uncomfortable. I emphasize this same feeling with my coaching clients and quite often with my patients. It never gets easy because with each of these groups of people there is indeed much apprehension when I simply say, “Being uncomfortable is a good thing.”

And I don’t want any of them to suffer too harshly. I don’t want them to do things that I would not do myself. For my children, I want to give them a better childhood than my own. I want them to have opportunities that I did not. But I also need them to fail. I need them to be uncomfortable.

My eldest injured her elbow after one too many handstands. I was worried she may have actually fractured her radius so I gave her a sling, but the strap around her neck, even with its soft pad, just didn’t feel right — it was uncomfortable.

I offer my youngest great foods like avocados and blueberries, yet their textures upon entering her mouth don’t suit her taste buds — she is uncomfortable.

Even things that we know are good for us can be uncomfortable. The only way to start accepting them is to try and try again. Eventually the cold water in the pool won’t feel so bad. Not eating for a few extra hours during the day or before bedtime won’t disturb our stomachs. Waking up a little earlier to exercise will actually be something you welcome.

The uncomfortability will pass, and then you will welcome it back as you realize how valuable it can actually be.

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