I heard a podcast this morning from a new podcast host I've been listening to this last week, and goodness. This. hit. home.
She made the statement that “discomfort is the currency of your dreams.”
Now, it took me a few minutes to mull that one around in my head, but as I started thinking it through it dawned on me just how relevant that statement is in our aspects of our life.
Think about it.
Discomfort is the currency to our weight loss goals.
Discomfort is the currency to our financial goals.
Discomfort is the currency to our business goals.
Discomfort is the currency to our be-an-awesome-wife-mom-homemaker goals.
So as I was thinking that through, I wondered if you agree with that statement too?
When my husband and I first started penny pinching forever ago, it wasn't comfortable.
It didn't always feel good not to buy a fancy meal out when that's what really wanted instead of spaghetti.
It didn't always feel good to never buy furniture and instead see what we could make do with from the thrift store (or even build our own out of plywood. Really.)
It didn't always feel good to clip coupons, pore over the store sales ad, always come up wiith menu plans or wait to purchase our favorite meats when they were on sale because we knew we really couldn't pay full price.
But good. gravy. I'm so glad we chose not to do what just felt good.
When I first started working on my weight loss goals, it wasn't always comfortable either.
I didn't like eating vegetables when chocolate clearly tastes way better.
Waking up at 0-dark-thirty to get my workout in and skipping an extra hour of sleep was no fun at all.
And choosing a healthy salad over a hearty bowl of mac and cheese?
yup. that was no fun either.
But you know what?
The more I did those things, the more I learned to crave them.
(Well, almost. The chocolate still wins every time, but I do like a lovely salad or two!)
When I started blogging and working from home back in 2009, working without getting paid wasn't all that comfortable either.
Staying up late at night when my kids were still young for a “side hustle” that might not even pan out was almost painful some days.
Putting my words and thoughts out there for real people to criticize or critique was more than a wee bit terrifying in those early days.
Doing Facebook live many mornings (OUCH) is about as scary as it comes for a way-more-than-a-wee-bit-awkward girl like me.
Coming up with business strategies when at my core I'm really just a mom who loves to clip coupons has been beyond uncomfortable for me almost all the time.
And when I first started out as a new mom and homemaker with three small kiddos at home, always feeling comfort clearly flew right out the window.
But I wouldn't have it any other way.
So maybe . . . maybe? . . .
Discomfort isn't all that bad a thing.
In our world of quick fixes, immediate highs, and an “I-want-to-feel-good-and-I-want-it-right-now” kind of mentality more often than not, the concept of suffering or discomfort just kind of goes against the grain, doesn't it?
It just isn't what we do, rather we pick the quick fix every day.
But the truth is, discomfort leads to crazy abundance when we choose the right things to be uncomfortable in.
Having no money because I spent too much won't feel all that comfortable for very long.
Feeling like my home is a disaster because I didn't keep up with basic cleaning each day feels pretty uncomfortable too.
And feeling chubbier than I want to be because I chose the extra slice of cake instead of salad won't feel comfortable for even a minute.
But choosing discomfort for the short term so that I get the big stuff that I'm really dreaming of in the future is a choice I never regret.
So choose discomfort with me today.
It's worth it.
I've seen it.
and you can do the hard things too.
I'm cheering for you!
(Thanks to Brooke Castillo's podcast for motivating me on this one today ~ I loved the concept and will be hanging this motto up in my office now too! Do you love this post? You may want to read this and this too.)
(And in case you're interested, here's a peek at the podcasts I'm listening to right now:)
- The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman – my favorite ever – just a fresh breath of just what I seem to need each week!
- The Life Coach School by Brooke Castillo – I haven't listened to all that many of these but for the mot part I've enjoyed them so far!
- How I Built This with Guy Raz ~ the story of Kate Spade was fascinating
- Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield ~ my FAVORITE ever business podcast. ever.
- Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller ~ another great business podcast if you run an online business!