According to psychological research, putting yourself in new and unfamiliar situations triggers a unique part of the brain that releases dopamine, nature’s make-you-happy chemical.
This unique region of the brain is only activated when we see or experience completely new things. In other words: we only grow when we seek the unfamiliar, the unknown, the uncomfortable.
Few people enjoy feeling uncomfortable. It’s much easier to hide, to reject change, to stay, to avoid risks, to never leap, to never begin.
We tell ourselves that things will change, that we will change, but we don’t realize that change never happens in the future. It always starts in the present. And more often than not, it starts when it’s the only option left.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Most people will never outgrow their past selves and become the person they always intended to be because they never had the gift of a breakdown. Because they were never forced to face adversity and to rise to their fullest potential.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t have to wait for something dreadful to happen, for your comfort zone to collapse to start your life. You can — and you should — break your mental barriers before they break you.
We don’t only grow when we are forced to experience discomfort. We grow as much, and perhaps more, when we are willing to embrace it.
If It’s Not Painful It’s Not Worth The Effort
We are, by nature, comfort-seeking animals. We are in constant pursuit of the familiar, the tangible, and the simplistic. We may not realize it, but most of our life is spent seeking security over purpose and comfort over happiness.
Our lives are punctuated by those shell habits we create for ourselves and have since become addicted to: We are addicted to our phone, our laptop, our routines, our relationship, our Sunday night’s takeaway, and so on.
These shell habits are the most dangerous because you run the risk of never becoming aware of them. They feel good, unharmful, and comforting, so you continue to play the reinforcement loop in your head that makes you compelled to act on them — and until the cycle starts breaking, you never wake up.
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