“Every fear hides a wish.”
From the play “Edmond” by David Mamet.
When I was 21, I realised I had a fear of failure.
I would often encounter a challenge, upon summing up the task, I would discern whether or not I thought I would succeed.
If I thought I would fail, I would promptly turn down the challenge.
I would simply give up without trying.
Fear is a strong motivator and it often causes us to shirk away from our potential.
Discomfort encapsulates fear, for within fear lies risk, anxiety, uncertainly and self-doubt.
Today, armed with that knowledge and a few years of more life experience, I firmly believe every challenge should be, at the very least, attempted.
I have realised I have learned my greatest lessons through my failures.
This realisation bred an idea, something I now call my “theory of discomfort”.
Essentially, I began to believe that anything which involves fear, risk and potential for failure, is really worth doing in the end.
For within discomfort lies valuable life experience.
I believe comfort is a drug which breeds laziness and fragility. It limits the perception of my self-worth.
Comfort is the opiate of the people.
Embracing discomfort, forging on through challenges which test you, cause you to grow resilience, determination, self-confidence and new knowledge and skills.
Life experience comes from failure.
Right now there is a lot of upheaval in my life – the full extent of which is still unclear.
This article marks the start of a challenge to myself – to set goals which will test me and my theory.
I will expose myself to discomfort as a form of therapy.
I will try and embrace my fears and go face-to-face with them in order to build a healthier mind.
This blog will document my journey and connect a community of people who live discomfort.
Stay tuned as I announce my goals and upcoming challenges to Live Discomfort.