As of late I have found myself in a constant state of discomfort. I’m uncomfortable in EVERY aspect of my life: spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
From a spiritual perspective, I’m on a never ending quest to become the best possible version of myself. That requires me to try to walk out the word of God daily.
As anyone on this Christian journey knows, that is no small feat. I have to continuously analyze my actions, behavior, and reactions.
Emotionally, I’m checking my feelings about critical relationships in my life. I’m assessing who I want in my life, as well as what I want and need from the people in my life.
Physically, it’s two fold. First, I’m not satisfied with my body/weight so that’s uncomfortable.
The second part to that is I’m challenging my physical limits as I’m doing bootcamp and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts 4-5 days per week.
I’m also preparing to run a 15K in March.
To be honest, of the three areas of my life that I’m feeling discomfort, the physical aspect is the most challenging. The physical challenges reveal a multitude of spiritual lessons, so it’s magnifying the other areas.
The workouts scare me the most because they require me to do things I’m not yet physically capable of doing.
Regardless of how hard these classes get I refuse to stop. I may take short breaks, but I always get back at it. I can’t quit. At the end of these classes I am physically exhausted and often in a lot of pain, but I always I feel so proud of myself for keeping at it.
What I hold on to every day as I begin again is the experience of not giving up. The workouts never get easier, they’re not supposed to. They’re designed to push me beyond my comfort zone.
I now realize that if I have any shot at reaching my goals, I have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Real changes happen OUTSIDE my comfort zone.
This has been a revolutionary mindset shift for me.
To really get this lesson in my spirit I have to start practicing it –being in the “dis-comfort zone.” I have to do this in all areas of my life.
When I’m overwhelmed with all of my projects and I get to the point where I want to give up, I have to remember that I’m in unchartered territory – I’m outside my comfort zone.
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