Getting the Fun out of the Uncomfortable

Hey there everyone! It’s me again.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Oh no, someone’s trying to live out their new year’s resolution,” and though that’s somewhat true (though not formally announced, I’m trying to be more efficient), I’m just simply trying to get back into blogging for the sake of blogging.

But enough about me, let’s get back to me, well you…. I’m going to help you while talking about me. So today, I decided to try my hand at designing a couple posters. They weren’t really anything special, but I was trying to hone in on the more modern look ( yes, that one). Nevertheless, I was scared. All I could think about was how much I was going to mess it up. I had already thought about putting it off, when I stumbled upon some awesome fonts. Remember how I was when I would first get when trying to mash songs up, these fonts were creative enough to ignite my own creative passions and I ended up pushing through the projects in very little time. It felt great! Even thought they were very simple posters, all i wanted to do was show people work that my own hands… err fingers made! The whole experience was a great learning opportunity about my behavior.

All of which relates to the opportunity I’m offering you. Like this exercise: I want you to think about something you did today that made you feel uncomfortable. It could have been anything, from taking the lead on a project, talking to that cute girl/guy in the cafe this morning, or even doing something embarrassing in public like these guys.

Now, just focus on the “before” emotion; you know, before you raised your hand, or before you took approach to introduce yourself. Yup, it’s a pretty intense feeling, some might even say gut-wrenching. They’re the “butterflies”; and part of what’s happening to you is your stomach’s blood flow is taking a dip, and quick. Why so, you ask. Well, as explained in greater detail at the Greatist.com, your body’s getting ready for an event where you’re either going to run away or stay and fight. Yes, the classic “fight or flight” stage. But, I digress, let’s fast forward to after that action is completed. You may seem to feel elated to finally having your team trust you, or getting that person’s phone number, yet it is mostly just the testosterone entering your bloodstream (just ask Coates: http://goo.gl/KvqrG6). Still, it feels good to conquer that fear inducing moment that was merely moments before, huh?

Yeah it does! And here’s what you need to do right now. Take both of those feelings and put them in your back pocket. Finished yet?…. okay good, now keep those there, trust me, you’ll be using them soon enough. Now, what I want you to do is that every time you encounter an instance that may have you feeling unsure of yourself, or that you can’t perform on or above the same level of your peers; I need you to pull this experience out of your pocket, and take a good hard look at it. Then, without thinking about your next step, just do the thing that makes you feel uncomfortable. Congrats, you just defeated uncomfortable moment X.

Okay good, now read over that whole paragraph one more time, I just ant to make sure it set in.

See, all I’m doing is supplying you with tools you already have. Or rather, I’m just helping you discover your strengths. Isn’t it fun, isn’t exciting? I hope this post changed your day, if it didn’t, that is O-K-A-Y, I’ll probably write another blog post that will anyway. But that’s all I have for now, so just like ol’ times, Keep Lovin’ and Keep Livin’.

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