There's a weird phenomenon I've noticed all throughout my life where the more I subject myself to discomfort, the happier I am.
I think that in the first year of college. When I wanted to make the best impression possible, this phenomenon became increasingly evident to me.
It's a new school, new network of people, new city, so I really felt a need to reinvent who I was as a human being, especially on a kind of social skills basis.
So I was pulling myself out of my comfort zone so often to do that. it’s as if it were some kind of game. It’s like I was able to peel back a layer of truth and see some kind of one-to-one link between submitting to pain and enhancing who I was as a human being.
Now that I don’t actually think it’s a one-to-one relationship, more on that later, but because I felt amazing, I was certainly on something.
I recall waking up not being tired in the morning because I was ready to tackle the day with energy, and I never forgot how I felt even though this euphoria didn’t last forever.
And I remember the significance and the impact of seeing the comfort zone on your overall well-being and the way you live your life. And it has a lot more effect on the way you live your life than you would imagine.
But before you do it, you don’t even think about doing it, it’s just something you do. The more there is something beyond the comfort zone, the more emotional resistance there is in the way of doing that thing.
You will discover that your mental energy improves after a week of running every day, that your outlook on life is stronger and more positive, and It’s clearly driving.
Really, the comfort zone is lousy when it comes to telling you what’s good for you and what’s bad for you. So let's take for instance, walking.
But it doesn't mean that walking is bad for you in the same way stabbing yourself in the leg with a pencil is probably outside of your comfort zone but it doesn't mean it's good for you.
So there really isn't a clear cut relationship between things that are inside the comfort zone the comfort zone, and the value that these things have on your life. Everything that concerns the comfort zone is trapping you inside of it.
And the way it does that is not only does it make sure that things outside of it are really uncomfortable and hard to do, it's also always shrinking if you don't do anything about it.
It will get smaller and harder to escape until you travel at least a little bit outside the boundaries of the comfort zone. most people have experienced in their lives,q whether they're aware of it or not.
This occurs all the time in my own life. Like when Halo Five came out a few years ago, I spent so much time just playing it for hours and hours every day, eating Doritos Sweet Chili Heat and drinking, Mountain Dew like a real gamer.
And after days of doing this, binging a video game and not doing anything outside of my comfort zone, things that were previously just on the edge of my comfort zone.
Like going to the gym, the comfort zone shrank to a point where going to the gym was now extremely difficult and very hard to bring myself to do.
You may have also experienced this type of thing where maybe you're on vacation, and it's sort of one of those sit around and don't really do much vacations, you're kind of on your phone a lot.
On the couch, maybe the weather's really nice, and you start to become soft, you know? You don't really want to do many interesting things or very hard things or anything that would take much effort.
You kind of just become a blob and you feel pathetic. Okay, so what have we learned? We've learned that in order to keep the comfort zone from shrinking, we have to do things that are outside of the comfort zone to keep the comfort zone large.
But we also learned that the comfort zone in general is a pretty terrible guide for telling us what to do with our life, what activities are useful to us and what activities don't really do anything.
So basically, we need a solution to this problem. We need a more reliable guide for making decisions. And I think you can't go wrong with making values based decisions.
Your values. Figure out what kind of person you want to be, what kind of traits you want to adopt, what kind of skills you want to learn, and make your decisions based off of that.
And using the knowledge of the comfort zone, be aware that any potential discomfort in the way of doing the thing that you want to do isn't a real obstacle, it's all just in your head.
If you live life this way, the comfort zone can also work in your favor because as you start living this new lifestyle that may have at first been unnatural to you, the longer you live that way, the comfort zone is expanding to meet you.
So living the way you want to live will become increasingly natural and, dare I say, comfortable. So to bring this whole thing back to my freshman year,
it's becoming clear to me that the reason I felt so good wasn't necessarily because I was just uncomfortable all the time.
The reason I felt so good was because I was living the life that I wanted to live and I disregarded discomfort altogether.
And when you no longer let discomfort have a say in how you make any of your decisions,the potential for what you can do with your life expands dramatically.