Comfortably Uncomfortable

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Yup… This is exactly how it sounds. Very condescending…

Looking back at 4 monumental feats in the history of the United States that changed the direction of the world, not one of them was accomplished without supreme discomfort followed by the ability of individuals and a nation to become comfortable with the discomfort of national and global change…

1) Declaration Of Independence – Everyone of the men that signed their name to that document committed treason punishable by death – John Hancock was definitely screwed if things didn’t work out for the Americans (Revolutionary War).

2) Emancipation Proclamation – President Lincoln divided a nation by proclaiming the end of legal slavery – (Civil War).

3) Louisiana Purchase – Nothing comfortable about the exploration of 828,000 square miles which involved run ins with wildlife and well established Indian tribes, but Lewis & Clark pioneered an expedition that eventually added 15 new states to our country.

4) Apollo 11 – When we think about Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, we think of Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldridge. You know who those dudes thought about??? Virgil Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, who died 2 years earlier in a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission.

The Problem:

We HATE being uncomfortable.

We hate doing things that push us beyond our comfort zone.

We hate being rookies in any game, let alone the game of life.

Human Crash Test Dummy Solution:

We need to go out of our way to put ourselves in vulnerable positions that take being uncomfortable to the next level…

If you are a runner that typically maxes out at 5 miles, sign up for a marathon…

If you are a marathoner that finishes a race and can’t imagine running another step, go sign up for a 50k…

If you have run a 50k, step your game up to 50 miles…

If you have done 50 miles, the 100k is winking at you…

And of course, we can’t do a 100k without going for the 100 miler, can we? Nah…

I don’t care if you’re a runner or not. It doesn’t even have to be about physical activity, but it is about finding your passion and then finding your limit and breaking that barrier.

Our entire goal as human beings should be to maximize our time on earth by doing our best to fulfill our potential and positively influence others… That starts with taking society’s and self-imposed perceived limitations and pissing on them.

Team Go Hard Task:

Put something on the calendar that is going to make you sweat (literally and figuratively).

If you don’t, I’ll probably never know about it…

But you will.

-EB