Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to this comfort detox. The negative side is what comfort is stealing away from us as we sit in a comfort-induced stupor. I’ve touched on that a bit in previous posts.
Now let’s look at the other side, the positive side.
Committing to a bit of comfort detox brings benefits. According to a Huffington Post article by Mike Robbins, “The more willing [we are] to be uncomfortable, the more [we will] find [ourselves] growing, accomplishing and transforming.”
This reminds me of a Special K campaign that asks, “What will you gain when you lose?” It suggests that losing weight is more about gaining energy, confidence, discipline, and so on. I think the same could be said about losing our comfort padding. When we willingly say no to comfort, we are not left barren—we gain something tangible. In place of comfort, we gain growth, faith, courage, new experiences, confidence, and more.
That’s a good trade, don’t you think?
Have you ever traded some comfort to gain something of greater value? I’d love to hear about it!
Robbins, Mike. “Are You Willing To Be Uncomfortable?” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 June 2010. Web. 10 Oct. 2012.