Feeling uncomfortable is… freaking uncomfortable!
We went camping this weekend. It was a new adventure for us. We planned and executed this idea. My husband was ecstatic. I haven’t camped since I was a kid.
We made a list. We packed. We ended up forgetting our pillows because they weren’t by the front door. We laughed. It happens.
Then we started setting up camp. It was awkward. It was unfamiliar. I think we’ve all had that experience where something is brand new. And going through the process (in this case unpacking and setting camp up) was unfamiliar. And strange. And it’s easy to let the discomfort of this overwhelm you (I did).
And make you cranky. And want to give up. That’s how I felt after my 18th trip through each side of the car looking for 1 thing. Then repeating. Over and over.
This time though…I was consciously aware of the discomfort. And I breathed through it (not perfectly mind you…I felt a tantrum coming on… and luckily my chillaxed hubby talked me down).
And although I was uncomfortable, I also was excited.
I had two opposite feelings coexisting. And I was aware of both. Plus I felt anxious.
The point? Learning new things is uncomfortable. There will be awkwardness. The key to mastery and experience is allowing that obstacle of awkward discomfort and not letting it stop you.
Allow it, expect it, feel it, that’s how you know you’re doing it right and growing.
We had a fantastic time. S’mores and all.
I can’t wait for the next camping adventure.
You can do this with anything you want to try.
Try something new.
Move through that discomfort and see if you can watch your progress.