We as humans strive to be comfortable. We all want to be comfortable, but being comfortable is a trap. If you’re comfortable you don’t change, you don’t strive for a better situation. Discomfort creates change. When you are uncomfortable you do something so that you become comfortable.
The need to strive for comfort and success got us to where we are today. Many of the great conquering nations in history came from cold places with little food or resource. They were uncomfortable. So they went to better places where people had what they wanted and took it and the people who were comfortable tried but they couldn’t stop them.
Discomfort is fuel, its motivation to create change. The thing is most people can’t handle uncomfortable situations. They are so rarely exposed to it, that they can’t handle it when they need to. This is why training hard is important. Training hard puts you in that place that you don’t want to be and you have to work through it. The people who train hard inoculate themselves against discomfort.
Training hard is the vaccine for discomfort. It’s dealing with small regular doses of stress. You push your body, put it under stress and you adapt. Your body can’t tell the difference between stressors. Work, studies, training stress all affect the body in the same way. The same stress hormones get released. So training creates a stress response, you stress your body then you recover and adapt. Slowly you become better at handling the stress and you are able to deal with more.
The magic is that this ability to deal with training stress transfers into other areas of life. People who train hard handle the challenges of life better! As the saying goes, healthy body healthy mind. Develop your body and you develop your mind.
Training should be a part of your lifestyle. We as humans are built to move. The thing is though you must train hard. Many people train regularly but most don’t go to that scary place, they don’t push themselves.
This doesn’t mean every training session is a life and death struggle. At least once a week you need to do that thing that you don’t want to do but that you know is good for you. You need to push so hard that you question your sanity.
I call it “the best worst idea”. It doesn’t have to be your whole session, just part of it even, but it must challenge you. You should doubt if you will be able to finish. You need to push yourself to that place that scares you. When you finish you realise that you can do more than you thought and discomfort is temporary. Most importantly when you do these sessions you build positive momentum. Momentum is a valuable thing. Success builds on success. Do the hard training sessions, then you build confidence to do the other hard things in life. Success spirals out. Create victories for yourself and build from there.
Training is an easy way to build momentum and to create a success spiral. Train regularly, challenge yourself, set goals, reach them. Engineer your success!