Posted: Sep 29 2015
Life can be pretty comfortable these days. Every morning, we wake up in our Tempurpedic beds in a room that is set to our ideal temperature for maximum hibernation. Then, we hop into our transportation apparatus of choice and stream any song our hearts desire from a phone that's smarter than we are and has millions of functions - least of which is “phone.” If we’re hungry, we will swing by a building that will hand us food through a window while we sit comfortably inside our climate-controlled person mover. Throughout the day we will have several opportunities to take advantage of comfort and convenience - elevators, the internet, chairs, vending machines, texting, Chipotle, Netflix, Starbucks, just to name a few.
Now, at this point you might be thinking “This is 2015. The future! And I can’t help that we live in an era of convenience! Plus, I don’t have a Tempurpedic mattress.” Well, I hear you loud and clear, and up until recently I, too, have lived with the “I can’t help it” mentality, and I don’t have a Tempurpedic mattress either. Respect.
But, the reality is we CAN help it. In many areas of our life, we have unnecessarily relinquished complete control and accepted things the way they are simply because that is the way they have been. But, it’s time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s time to take back our lives!
Nobody has ever accomplished anything great while they were comfortable. You think it was easy for Neil Armstrong & Company to go on a mission which had a very real possibility of no return? Was a flu-ridden Michael Jordan comfy the night he dropped 38 to beat the Utah Jazz in the '97 NBA playoffs? You think Martin Luther King Jr. enjoyed loads of Netflix every night before bed? No. Because Netflix didn’t exist yet.
Am I advocating selling everything you have to become a mountain person? Heavens no. But, I am suggesting that we take a hard look at the way we live and ask ourselves, “Are we too comfortable?” Because here’s the dealio, the level of greatness you will achieve is directly related to the level of discomfort you can handle.
“Alright, this makes a bit of sense. Go on."
I see you’re tracking with me. That’s great! So now that we understand that comfort is the enemy of greatness, how do we start to make ourselves uncomfortable for the greater good of humanity? Now, for most people it would be a bad idea to make a bunch of huge, drastic, life-altering decisions all at one time. It would be much more sustainable to make smaller changes and work your way up to a state of perpetual discomfort. Because, as we have learned, discomfort is a good thing!
Here are just a few ideas and suggestions to get you started. And, like I said, probably not the best idea to do them all at once. But to each his own.
• Take the stairs - elevators and escalators are for chumps
• Stand up
• Skip the restaurant (where you are comfortably served like a titan of industry) and cook at home
• Fix things around the house (Youtube works great for this)
• Wake up 30 min early and go for a walk
• Cancel cable
• Make your own stuff
• Don’t look at the phone when bored
• Pay off debt
• Read a book
• Learn a new skill
• Sell the Tempurpedic bed
Now, I know these things might seem hard. That’s because they are. But, if we can start to live more uncomfortably, we will find ourselves solving problems more creatively, having more money, being healthier, and enjoying the life God has entrusted us with.
Here at Creative Sheep we want to provide you with a little inspiration. We put together some “Get Uncomfortable” phone and desktop wallpapers and are making them available to you for free. We think they are pretty cool and we hope you enjoy them! Feel free to pass them around.
What are some ways you are making yourself uncomfortable? Leave a comment or let us know on twitter. We’d love to hear from you!
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." -The Bible
Let’s embrace the grind.