The Uncomfortable Solution

When it comes to the matter of creating lasting positive change in our world, sometimes our challenge is not that we don’t have a solution to our problem but rather that the solution is one that makes us uncomfortable. And as we have an aversion to discomfort, we tend to avoid what we shouldn’t (the most effective solution) and keep looking for a painless, comfortable answer to our problem. Deep down we know what we need to do but for a range of mostly fear-based reasons, we keep ourselves trapped in a kind of physical, mental and emotional holding pattern. Wasting more and more time, potential and energy.

Sound familiar?

Some of us have been circumnavigating change, growth and success for years. Talking, planning, intending and hoping. Reading articles like this and nodding in agreement. Time after time. Seeing ourselves in the words but still failing to take action. Almost doing a hundred things but actually doing very little. Having worked with thousands of people all looking to achieve essentially the same thing (positive transformation), I’m convinced that, in most situations, we know what we need to do (that is, we have the answer) but our lack of willingness to face our fear keeps us trapped in a kind of behavioral Groundhog Day.

If you’ve been avoiding a decision or a certain course of action (but deep down you know it’s the best solution), then maybe today is the day?

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Cathy S May 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Quite often I find my imagined level of discomfort of the solution is much bigger than the actual discomfort of the solution :)

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VeganChic May 21, 2014 at 1:21 am

Sounds so familiar!!

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Anonymous May 21, 2014 at 6:55 am

thank you!

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Anonymous May 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

Thanks Master! Always my messenger! Grasshopper xoxo

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Gayle May 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

I am getting very uncomfortable in a gym program I have just started. Walking is not enough to keep my body fit due to ongoing arthritis issues. I’m 55 and if I want to live well in my old age, I have to get the fitness and flexibility happening now, we all do. The pain will be much more in the future otherwise. So overcome your fears and get moving. Thanks Craig.

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Craig May 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

Go Gayle! :)

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Ecmcspline May 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

Very familiar and I am just about to do something that causes anxiety and fear of failure this Friday giving a 10 minute talk to over 100 people. Something to deep down I know will help me grow and develop, yet the fear keeps me away many times before! Wish me luck and I hope I can hold my head up and ride the wave of nerves and enjoy the rush at the end :-) . The above blog gives me some positive energy.

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Craig May 21, 2014 at 10:32 am

Hi Ecmcspline, prepare well, know your content and have some fun with it. It might feel like ‘life and death’ but it’s not. :)

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Anonymous May 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Thanks Craig I am willing to give it a red hot go just a very nervous character in crowds for some unknown reason!!!

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Natalie May 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

Today is the day, and the irony is I need to get uncomfortable to stop being uncomfortable in my jeans that became too tight.

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