“Become more comfortable with discomfort.” My virtual mentor used this phrase in a presentation this week.

Anxiety, uncertainty, exhaustion, disorientation, discouragement, confusion, [I could continue the list, but it’s depressing me] oh, and depression: words that might be captured by “discomfort.”

I tend to run from these “negative” emotions not seeing from a “Big Picture” perspective that these uncomfortable feelings are in truth indicators of a positive direction toward a better life.

I see it in my personal relationship, when I label conflict as “bad” and the feelings associated with conflict as something to avoid. I see it in my business relationships where I may take the usual course of action rather than take a risk at a new approach or an innovative solution.

Being able to identify certain forms of discomfort as “positive” can make the discomfort far more tolerable. Now, go find some pain.

(c) FXP 2011.