To grow or not to grow
All growth depends upon activity; activity that usually makes you uncomfortable because it’s new, but gives you growth if you stay disciplined. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Comfort can lead to self-absorption, boredom, and discontent. You can either be comfortable and stagnate, or stretch yourself – become uncomfortable – and grow.
Scripture tells us to be disciplined. Discipline is good for us because it will eventually give us the fruits of our work.
Hebrews 12: 11– For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
It isn’t our first inclination to get uncomfortable. It is in our DNA to survive and be comfortable in our lives. You may find yourself wanting to quit several times because you fear the discomfort that may come with stretching yourself in a new and different direction.
But growth is a choice.
You are your own worst enemy or your own best friend
You can choose to grow in yourself as a person, or you can choose not to grow. No one is holding you back except for yourself, and possibly your fear of getting uncomfortable.
There is no such thing as failure.
Remember, growing is a choice, and your method of growth may look different from others. Maybe you have had it on your heart to pursue your own pursue something new. You are choosing to get uncomfortable by either stepping out in faith with that idea or adjusting your schedule so you can work on your idea on the side to build it up.
Maybe growing means reaching out for help to heal something that has troubled you in years past, and it is uncomfortable being vulnerable and asking for help. Getting uncomfortable for you is to try something new and push through any fear of failure. There is no such failure when you are pursuing the uncomfortable – only learning and growth.
Resistance is futile and resistance is good
Human instinct tells us to remain in our own comfort zones time and again. As soon as you make shifts in your life – like a move or developing a new habit – our brain starts to resist. This mental barrier is part of the reason why people give up on their dreams.
There are times when you are seeking growth where you may start to think, “I can’t do it anymore.” Think of this as your tipping point. But right past that point is where the magic happens…you grow!
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