Learn from Discomfort

Darryl Bachmeier
Jul 14, 2020

Let’s talk science, to be precise, Newton’s first law. As he states, a body will maintain its initial state unless given an extra force. No, I won’t explain how this makes sense by talking about the other 2 laws. But, here’s the question, can you relate this law with your life and daily being?

We often feel lazy, scared, worried, anxious, and all the psychological dilemma when we even think of doing something new and go on a cruise to search for the undiscovered. This happens because there’s a part of us that resists change and which works to make the inertia law accurate. You must understand by now that feeling uncomfortable is actually a sign of change.

Now, you might ask, so can’t change be both good and bad, and either have a 50% chance of happening? You are absolutely right. Everything in this world is uncertain and can flip either way at any given time. So, how does learn from discomfort comes to action, and should you take the risk?

Discomfort is 2-way Street

What is the first sign of illness? You feel discomfort! You notice your body isn’t feeling what it used to feel even in the previous day. Hence, you get the idea that there is something wrong and that you shall get yourself checked. Not a good discomfort, is it?

As change is actually the tip of the iceberg in this case. What about a mosquito bite? We often feel the discomfort after it has already sucked a considerable amount of blood from underneath the skin, and the skin has started swelling. Why do you think that happens? Well, because we, being bitten an infinite number of times, have actually gotten used to the subtle initial biting and have gone numb to that. We do not notice that discomfort enough to alter our attention. That is what happens when you are always only into routine tasks.

When you look back to a certain point, does it feel like the time has passed within a click! It is because nothing significant has occurred within that time frame, and you have passed it in a blur. That can’t be something good, leading a robotic life, losing touch of yourself, numbing your senses. So, how does the equation stand now? Discomfort indicates change, which is actually an opportunity in disguise. So, how do you make use of it, learn from discomfort?

Learning from Discomfort

The world, as said by many, is a paradox. I would generally say that you have the free will to decide whether you want to step forward in a mess or choose to live a linear life. Well, that doesn’t happen. I know there are many; maybe even more people would opt for a stable linear life than a risky, thrilling life with constant ups and downs. Sadly, we have such little control over the hole we found ourselves in!

Life and our surrounding make many choices for us without even asking. So, how can you prepare yourself for the change, take the bait, and advance for triumph? There is some practiced method, which even the top tycoons follow. Let’s have a go at some of them.

Voluntary Discomfort

Learning from discomfort doesn’t have to be taking away lessons from it. It can also be how you can be bold and make yourself comfortable enough to face it. The most popular one comes from stoicism. You know the philosophy that states how we should not give in to pleasure, rather always be objective! Voluntary discomfort is just that.

It asks us to start doing even small things that will make us uncomfortable—like, sleeping on the floor, dressing shabby and light even in the winter, even so far that it asks people to drink only water for a week! The idea is to force ourselves, our body, and mind into living in the present and be actively conscious at every time. Usually, our active mind turns off while doing routine tasks as the motor skills are enough to perform them.

Voluntary discomfort helps one to snap out of it. It is like a vaccine that makes us ready to fight off any discomfort that may come in front of us in the future. Ideally, you being able to go through pains every day means you will be more confident, have more willpower, and even start to notice and appreciate the smallest of things. These will help us in our quest to fulfill our life’s mission.

The Psychoanalysis Way

If you didn’t know, psychoanalysis is the practice of unveiling the unconscious or subconscious. Sigmund Freud first emphasized such mainly on the role of the unconscious in our life. So, an excellent way to learn from the discomfort is by applying psychoanalytic.

Instead of running away from the pain, you shall ask yourself what is it that you are afraid or feeling uneasy of. Are you running away from answering a call because you are scared that you might be subjected to some kind of confrontation or that it might be a phone interview that you are not ready for?

Then, it is time you prepare for your worst fear. Play out scenarios in your head, how it might go, and how it has gone previously. Find your previous mistakes and find ways to avoid them.


Without further ado, prepare yourself so that you are always ready to roll. Then, when the next phone call comes, take a deep breath, remember your learnings and preparation and answer it!

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