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How Doors Open By Finding Comfort In Discomfort

In our society, everywhere we turn, we are told we should be comfortable all the time. From the multitudes of medications and pills to treat every ailment under the sun to the countless insane diets and weight loss solutions, our fixation with removing every ounce of discomfort from our lives is very much apparent. I would argue that because of this fact and our ongoing relationship with passivity that we have numbed ourselves to any kind of discomfort in our lives. It might be counter-intuitive to claim that this is a negative thing, but the principles of Unboxed Living would lead us to such a conclusion.

Is being comfortable really conducive to a life that matters and leaving behind your own personal legacy? By removing any opportunity for discomfort and the endless ways we can placate our lives are we really limiting our ability to expand our minds and find reprieve from our boxes? I would argue YES. There are various reasons for this fact but lets explore a couple here and see if we can find some ways to embrace the chaos in life and find power within it.

It seems that today, in our current state as a people, we have let our need for comfort translate into fear of the unknown. Instead of looking to the journey with all its ambiguity and challenge as a source for motivation, we have become fearful of the path we can not see the end of. We have decided that to find happiness in life we must be able to see and realize the conclusion of its twists and turns. We hesitate and seek an exit when life asks of us to walk in faith and to embrace the unknown, for in the mysterious is found our great human potential. The fear we create becomes the most powerful limiting factor as we try to follow our passions and escape the boxes that hold us down. Let us conquer that fear by removing the negativity associated with the unknown and allow our life journey to unfold before us.

This kind of debilitating fear can hinder us in our Unboxed Journey. That is not to say fear itself can not be an asset and a tool to move us closer to our destiny. As we purposefully and deliberately seek out discomfort and unknown we begin to experience a different kind of reaction to fear. The fear becomes the stage on which our human potential plays out its magnum opus. Fear of the unknown turns into a primal reaction that reveals to us the creative, compassionate, and constructive supremacy held within our souls. Our mental and emotional capacity is widened and amazing things are born from our souls. In this way the discomfort of the unknown in life actually can elevate us to levels not otherwise accessed in our life of comfort.

By resigning to a life of comfort and familiarity we are severely limiting the potential that exists in each of us. Though our society tells us that comfort, familiarity, and ease are to be sought after and embraced we must fight that notion. The aptitude for creativity and the potential to affect the world in unimagined ways must not be hindered by our unfounded fixation on removing discomfort from our lives. Let us realize that anything worth doing will be uncomfortable and remember that if we are to fulfill our destiny and achieve our legacy:

We must become comfortable being uncomfortable

We must accept that we do not know what is next and that the universe is not required to inform us of what is next

We must strike out in faith and with the inspiration of our hearts as our fuel and the passion of our souls our propulsion

We must relinquish control of our destiny and control over our environment

To seek guarantees, comfort, and complete clarity in life will only lead to limitations and mediocrity. Our ability to harness the power of existing in the unknown and the uncomfortable will afford us the ability to achieve the impossible. Seek not signs, promises, or confirmation of the current path you take. Be assured that with your heart in the lead you will find your way to your ultimate destiny. And in that, find comfort.

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6 comments on “How Doors Open By Finding Comfort In Discomfort

  1. The Professor
    August 23, 2012

    Inspiring: appreciation over control and comfortability! We have so much to learn from life and nature, from their beauty and creativity, that we can’t know without letting go and observing. Great post, Tanner!

    Mark Blasini

    • Tanner Colton
      August 23, 2012

      Thanks Professor, I appreciate your comments. There really is endless opportunity for greatness when we allow our natural abilities to function in conjunction with nature and the rest of humanity. By forfeiting the false power of comfort we can tap into that more than ever before. Thanks again.

  2. Mary
    August 25, 2012

    I agree adversity can help us grown, sometimes when you are in the middle of it, though, it’s hard to find the why. Years later we look back and begin to understand why that happened, but again, we may never know, at least in this life. Good post, Tanner

    • Tanner Colton
      August 27, 2012

      That is so true. I think that makes it even more important to really follow our hearts and souls and never ignore our passions because, like you said, you may never know how a choice will affect our lives down the line. Wouldn’t it be a shame to miss out on something amazing becuase it seemed hard or uncomfortable? I think it would be. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Angel B
    August 27, 2012

    Wow this is an extremely powerful post! “anything worth doing will be uncomfortable.” Such a powerful statement! Thanks for writing this Tanner, you always write things that I truly need to hear and remind myself of. I’m definitely sharing this on the blog! Thanks for writing such an amazing post!

    • Tanner Colton
      August 27, 2012

      No problem AngelB, more often than not the things I write are things I need to hear as well. Most all of my writing comes from a place of self-discovery and learning so I am working on these ideas right along side all of you guys, and that is comforting in a way. Thanks for sharing the post and take care.

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