In today’s world, or at least in the United States, most of us want to live in comfort! We want comfy homes and comfy cars and comfy clothes. We enjoy comfortable friendships and we like feeling comfortable in our jobs. We equate comfort with stability, harmony, and contentment, and who doesn’t want that?
There is, of course, such a thing as too comfortable. When we are too comfortable or when we value comfort too much, we become complacent and resistant to anything that threatens to lower our level of comfort. These include:
- Trying a new way of doing something
- Adjusting to changes in business
- Having a difficult conversation
- Forming a new relationship with someone different than you
- Dealing with conflict
- Receiving feedback you don’t like
- Sticking to a tight budget
- Making a necessary but unpopular decision
But you know what each of these things have in common? Growth.
- Trying a new way of doing something…allows us to learn.
- Adjusting to changes in business…teaches us how to thrive in different environments.
- Having a difficult conversation with someone you like…places their development before your comfort.
- Forming a new relationship with someone different than you…equips you to connect with people of different backgrounds and opinions.
- Dealing with conflict…works through challenges so you can get to a better place.
- Receiving feedback you don’t like…humbles us and gives us the ability to be teachable.
- Sticking to a tight budget…imparts how to be good stewards of our resources.
- Making a necessary but unpopular decision…forces us to do the right thing, even if it makes us temporarily less liked.
Uncomfortable is rarely our first choice. Often times it’s Plan B or C. But many times uncomfortable is the only thing that forces us to let loose of our cozy contentment and strive for something better.