We often consider the opposite of pain to be pleasure, but in reality it’s comfort – and that desire for comfort keeps many people stuck in negative or less than ideal professional situations. Today we’re joined by Chris Desmond who shows us, with a blend of physiological and psychological insight, that being uncomfortable is not only OK, but actually leads to growth and happiness.
My Guest: Chris Desmond
Chris has a fascination with how people get out of their comfort zones. He has published over 150 episodes of the “Uncomfortable is OK” podcast where he interviews individuals about how they work through challenges and the discomfort associated with them. He is the director of Uncomfortable Media which aims to make it easier for people to get out of their comfort zones through conversation, community, and challenge.
Chris graduated with a degree in physiotherapy (physical therapist) from the University of Otago in 2006. He has worked as a physiotherapist for 12 years with a variety of clients, including teams competing on the national and international level. Along the way he has picked up a Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation, and a Masters of Management in Enterprise Development. The skills he has in assisting his clients to work through the physical pain of injury recovery have proven extremely valuable in assisting his work with getting people out of their comfort zones.
We have so many gadgets to make our lives comfortable, but they are not making us any happier. Challenge is what brings happiness and those gadgets are taking away all the challenge by making our lives easier. Use gadgets to free up time so that you can give your all to the things that really are challenging.
By challenging yourself in any single area of your life, you are transferring yourself from a comfort zone to a challenge zone and you can then start moving in all the other areas of life.
If you want to change, start slowly and start with something that is easy. Even a small, easy change gets you into a zone of movement and then you can build up momentum.
A method to effective change is to build up a habit. Going to the gym for five minutes is not going to turn you into a body builder, but if you do it every day for a month or two, you get into the habit and can then slowly build up to significant change.
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