If you want to change anything or experience personal growth, then there’s something you have to do. It doesn’t matter if you want to change yourself or something in your life, there are many different ways to engage in change, but every way involves this one thing. If you can embrace that thing, you can put yourself on a journey of consistent growth, change, and awesomeness.
You Need To Embrace An Uncomfortable Transition From One Place To The Other
Right now you are comfortable.
When you get to where you want to be, you will be comfortable there too.
But, in between those two comforts is a transition, and it’s not comfortable at all.
For instance, you may be comfortable in your home in the city. But you may want to move to a home by the ocean, where you know you will also be comfortable. In order to get to that next level of comfort, you need to transition. You need to take care of financial matters, pack up the house, hire movers, clean your old house and new, move your stuff, unpack, change your address with every company you’ve ever dealt with, and a bunch of other uncomfortable things that take time, energy, and money.
The bottom line is that you can’t experience growth (or any type of change) unless you are ready to step out of your comfort zone and engage in transitional work.
Embrace the transition that involves learning, increased awareness, practicing new habits, letting go of old habits, and thinking and behaving differently.
Accept That Change Will Never Be Comfortable
This is important to accept. When you accept that change will never be a comfortable process, you will accept it as it is and then you can embrace it.
A simple mantra to help you embrace it would be: Change isn’t comfortable and I am comfortable with being uncomfortable to get to where I want to be.
When you can welcome transitions in life, you can start to become the best version of yourself.
In fact, the legendary people are always in transition. They don’t stay comfortable for long. They are always seeking out change so that they can become stronger, better, wiser, and more capable.
So, if you want to be a legend, embrace transition in your life.
Challenge: Embrace Transition For The Next 21 Days
Challenge yourself to constantly work on transitions, even small transitions. This is how to change. This is how to make transitions a constant part of your life.
How can you challenge yourself to embrace transitions?
1. Deny Yourself A Pleasure That’s Harming You
You may like eating cake every night, but if you want to transition your health in some way, there’s a good chance that you need to stop eating cake every night.
The transition from eating cake every night to not eating cake every night is going to be hard, but once not eating cake every night becomes a part of your routine, it will be comfortable again.
What pleasurable habits are sabotaging YOUR ability to transition and change?
2. Do Something Slightly Painful Daily That Will Get You Somewhere
For instance, start getting up earlier. We all know that getting up earlier is rewarding and can bring about some amazing things, but it’s painful. We want to stay in bed, under the covers, and sleep until our body is ready to wake up. That’s comfortable. But if you embrace the transition phase, you will find waking up early comfortable at some point too.
As you embrace the pain and the transition that goes with change, you will start to do bigger things that you know you need to do. Other things you can do include:
- Stop procrastinating.
- Improve a skill.
- Stop watching YouTube at work.
- Stop wasting your evenings in front of the TV.
- Have important conversations with the ones you love.
- Work harder.
- Read more.
- Make time to meditate daily.
- Devote an hour or two a day to a task that you know will further your career.
- Go for a morning or evening walk daily.
- Create a YouTube channel and post videos.
- Create a blog and post blog posts.
Do something that you kind of want to do but also feel like it would require too much time or energy and be slightly uncomfortable.
If you find yourself saying, “I know I should, but I don’t really want to do [fill in the blank]”, then that’s probably what you should do to embrace the transition phase. If you can do that, you can do much more.