“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd inspires us that self-discovery happens within the realms of discomfort rather than the placid safety of doing what we’ve always done.
Five years ago, if someone asked me for a chiropractic adjustment, I wouldn’t have known where to start. My understanding of body positioning, movement, and force would have been totally lacking. After some years of intellectual and physical training, however, I can confidently and competently adjust.
All life is designed to adapt under moderate stress. Our bodies are innately capable of overcoming acute stress and coming back stronger! Perhaps you’ve increased in muscle strength or tone after lifting weights. Maybe you’ve acclimated to new weather patterns because, like me, you moved from winter in Wyoming to Southern Utah in summer, opposite of the snowbirds!
Stated best in the classic movie Jumanji, a little rain never hurt anybody, but a lot can kill you! Stressors trigger adaptation, so it’s ok to lean into some discomfort and do hard things but take care not to overstress yourself, which can cause injury or burnout.
To personally evolve, we need to navigate outside our comfort zones—our safe harbors—enough to facilitate growth but not so much to sink our ships. If I’d taken all the coursework needed to become a Doctor of Chiropractic in one semester, I’d have been hopelessly lost at sea. Instead, I gradually discovered myself and my knack for cracking backs.
My bottom line for this post:
Being comfortable causes stagnation. No growth happens, decline typically follows.
Being a little uncomfortable will allow you to grow. I like to say about 10% outside of your comfort zone is best.
Being too uncomfortable causes injury, so don't push yourself too hard. Some stress is good, too much is detrimental.
Be always growing and adapting to life's stressors!
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