Is discomfort bad? At first glance, yes it is, but does it prevent you from expanding the many possibilities that you have? It’s human nature to go against your comfort zone, but does this help you?
Questioning your discomfort is a good starting point to see if your uneasy feelings are justified. If not, why not go for it? If so, it might be a good idea to dig deeper about the cause. Perhaps your angst is coming from somewhere else that needs to be explored and examined.
A few years ago, I was approached to do an interview on a radio program. I was flattered, but felt very apprehensive about it because I’d had never done this before. My rational side told me that this was a wonderful opportunity, but my negative side was giving me danger signs not to do it.
On further thought I questioned myself on why I shouldn’t do the interview. My main concern was looking foolish in a public forum. This stemmed from my feelings of inadequacy in grammar school. I decided that I’ve outgrown my childhood feelings and that I would do the best I could and live with the consequences.
The experience turned out very well. I ended up doing nine more forty-five minute interviews. Nothing was lost and I gained more confidence in myself to face other challenges.
Have you gone against your feelings of discomfort? If so, how did you do it and how did it turn out? If not, are you sorry that you didn’t? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.