Why We Need Uncomfortable Situations

Sky Patterson

Do you remember the last time you felt alive? Truly alive, not just existing. When your vision was sharp and the air you inhaled cooled your lungs like wintergreen. What were you doing? Were you repeating the events of yesterday? Surely not. I’m willing to bet that you were teetering on the edge of your comfort zone. That place where a personal breakthrough is waiting to be unleashed.

Maybe you were applying for a job you felt unqualified for? Then you got the call: you’re hired. Or you asked someone out on a date that you felt was out of your league, and they said yes. These are moments that can be incredibly nerve racking; but they always take place right before a personal transformation. They may be uncomfortable – but they are essential for growth.

One of the key characteristics that separate ordinary behavior from extraordinary is the willingness…

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