Being Uncomfortable is a GOOD Thing
Wriggling in a state of uneasy, prickly, tight roughness is most certainly a good thing.
This means that you’re not happy with the way things are and that things are about to change.
It is a common phenomenon when the warmer weather starts and the season changes. Somehow this propels us to want to make adjustments, modifications and alterations – even transformations.
And though you might not like this feeling of uncertainty, stay with it just for a little bit longer. Because just on the other side of uncomfortableness is what you’ve been waiting for. You just have to not to give up in the midst and continue on.
Change is often a good thing, but because we like things to go as planned, for things to stay the status quo, we give up midway before the change can take place.
So whether you are starting the process of cleaning out your garage, organizing your desk or trying to declutter your closet, know that you will get to a point where you are stalled.
Once you get to this point, all you have to do is:
1. Make a decision of what to do next, even if you’re not 100% sure that it is the right decision
2. Keep going.
It is these points of immobilization that keep us from moving forward onto the next thing, and what often keep us from completing tasks and projects and pursuing our goals fully.
Think back to all the things that you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t finished. Is it because you got to a point where you didn’t know what the next step is?
I have been there many times, and what I’ve realized is that it often comes down to:
1. Doing something less perfectly than you would like
2. Scrapping it altogether
3. Doing something equally hard instead
Have you had something on your to-do list that has been there forever? I get these once in awhile that just stuck like mud, no matter what I do. It gets stuck like that because I either haven’t set a deadline for it, or it turns out that it’s not that important to me after all and I take it off the list, finally. The feeling of relief that washes over me each and every time I make a decision like that is incredible.
And all it takes is to sit and think about it until you can move to action.
But it’s that sitting and thinking that we don’t like. We like to cross things off, get things done. Those are the easy things, the things we already know how to do.
Think about how much time and energy it is taking you to have this problem sit there and take up space in your brain. Because you’re definitely thinking about it, worrying even, whether it’s consciously or it’s just milling around in the background annonyingly.
When you think about it that way, isn’t it easier to just do something? Anything at all but have it sit there, incomplete or unfinished?
Stephanie Dickison is the author of the recent book, The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction Comedy About Writing & Working From Home, which covers her career as book, music and restaurant critic. She has been a journalist for over a decade and now spends much of her time writing about travel, food, beauty, style and celebrities for various publications and websites.
When she’s not writing, she’s eating, cooking, organizing, filing, making lists in sumptuous notebooks (you must use your beautiful journals) and colour-coding her ever evolving calendar.
She is one of the few writers still using technology AND paper. But at least her paper is organized into pretty file folders…