Making Change Comfortable
We know change isn't comfortable, in-fact it is well documented that change only occurs when things feel uncomfortable. The interesting thing about being comfortable or uncomfortable is that it is completely personal.
Where comfortable ends and uncomfortable begins is completely individualised.
So why are we unwilling step outside what is comfortable????
Routines create familiarity - Familiarity creates a comfort zone - A comfort zone is comfortable; a constant, consistent, non challenging, non confronting location where nothing changes and..................
When nothing changes, you guessed it - NOTHING changes"
But why is it a struggle to step outside and be uncomfortable???
Are we scared of failure? Scared of success? Are we taking our past failures as a reason we can't succeed?? Therefore it's harder to step out from under our own shadows making it easier to do nothing and avoid change.
Here are 6 tips to becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable:
1 - Start - The first step is always uncomfortable, remember when nothing changes - nothing changes.
2 - Take small steps - We don't encourage diving into the deep end of a pool before learning how to swim - So why make big changes that aren't sustainable or realistic? Start small and build your way to the change you want.
3 - Quit Quiting - "Fear kills more dreams than failure!" (more on this next time)
4 - Seek Help - Don't be afraid or too proud to ask for professional help - asking for help isn't a sign of failure or weakness, however it will increase the chance of success.
5 - Celebrate Small Wins - Track your progress and revel in your success.
6 - Repeat - Remember that comfort zones are created via routines - the more you practice the new activity or habit the more confident and more comfortable you will become.
Michael Usher - Accredited Exercise Physiologist