How to Get Comfortable With Discomfort

I am sorry to say it, but we are members of a very soft generation.

That is to say that most of us have been somewhat sheltered during our upbringing, to the point that we have become accustomed to getting everything right when we want it.

We live in nicely air-conditioned homes, we eat delicious ready-meals on demand, and we have often enough money to avoid work we don’t find rewarding.

The problem with all this? It lacks hardship or challenge. And without challenge, there can be no growth.

This is why, when the tiniest little thing goes wrong for many people, or when they are forced to live with the smallest setback or discomfort, they will often just give up.

This might sound like a damning indictment of our current society, but it’s not. Rather, I’m pointing out an amazing opportunity for you: the opportunity to stand out as one of the few people who can work through hardship and be unfazed by the challenge.

How do you get to this point? Simple: you become used to discomfort.

Our bodies are designed to experience discomfort after all. We are designed to live outdoors in the elements, to run across sticks and stones in bare feet, to be hungry for days, and to wash in freezing lakes.

This trains our bodies to be more accustomed to less comfortable situations.
And the best part?

You can easily re-introduce that kind of hardship into your training and your routine. 

One of the easiest and most effective examples? That is to take a cold shower every day. This has been shown to have several beneficial health effects.

Cold showers raise the metabolism to help burn fat, they also increase testosterone. They can wake us up in the morning thanks to the mammalian dive reflex, and they are good for our circulation and skin.

But guess what? They’re also horrible. And this makes them a perfect fit for developing motivation and discipline.

Another example is to train outside like a Spartan. Spartans would train on minimal food, outdoors in the rain, pulling up weeds from river beds with their bare hands. If you can do the same, you will become a stronger and tougher version of yourself both physically AND mentally.

There are many more examples of cultivating mental toughness, but the main takehome? Be okay with being a little uncomfortable.

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