When was the last time you were uncomfortable? Last week, perhaps this week, last month, you can’t remember. Many try to avoid this space, given it can cause stress, anxiety, loss of appetite, and many other symptoms.
While being uncomfortable can feel like a wall coming down on you, it’s actually what is necessary to reach a higher level within yourself.
Ever had a job interview you were completely uncomfortable and you went ahead anyway? Have you ever been asked to speak to a group, perhaps within your company and you just didn’t want too? Even if you can’t recall the last time you were uncomfortable, everyone does face this wall of uncomfortable in their life.
I love this quote from Charlene Johnson, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable that’s how you break the plateau and reach that next level.”
This is true however you must be willing to face the wall to reach what is possible within you.
This past December I faced the wall of uncomfortable given I was being interviewed on the EOFire podcast by John Lee Dumas, who is the host. I received the podcast interview form in late October with the flow and questions he would be asking. I immediately became uncomfortable. I looked at the questions and they caused immediate stress. All sorts of thoughts crossed my mind. “What if I say something stupid?” “What if I don’t answer the question right.” “What if he asks me something which isn’t on the flow sheet?” So what did I do? I did what most people do, avoid it! I procrastinated on preparing for the interview.
Two weeks before the interview, deep inside I knew I had to face this wall of uncomfortable and allocate time to prepare for the interview. I took a step into the wall and began the preparation, writing down what I would say and mentally preparing for this important interview.
The day arrived for the interview. My mouth was dry, my heart was racing, given it was time for me to be fully uncomfortable even though I prepared.
Immediately when John and I connected, he put me at ease. We conversed and immediately my heart beat declined, my mind felt at ease and we began to record the interview. You can hear that interview which is below, which went live on February 2nd.
Why was I so uncomfortable? I have never been interviewed by a podcast host who has extremely large audience. When I look back at the wall, it was made up in my mind, given it was a new experience for me. Was the wall real? It was real because I made it real. I was the one allowing thoughts to come into my mind and I was the one who procrastinated.
The same can happen for you. When faced with the “perceived wall of uncomfortable”, you have a choice. Step away from the wall or decide to step into the wall.
There are walls of uncomfortable which can be real and I am not making light about those real walls. I am referencing the walls you face, when you haven’t done that task or activity you seek to accomplish.
So how do you push down the wall? You have to make a decision to step towards it with belief. Believe what you are facing will turn out for the best and TRUST yourself. Yes, hard to do and this keeps many from reaching the next level within themselves.
When you are facing the wall go through it. The next time you are facing that same wall or something similar, you know how to move through it with ease and confidence.
Here is the link to my interview with John Lee Dumas on EOFire. EOFire Podcast, I trust you enjoy!
Don’t allow the wall of uncomfortable stop you from reaching your highest potential!