The Obstacle is the Way 5
Be uncomfortable every day of your life. (David Goggins)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Discomfort is a need.
It is fundamental for growth. Without discomfort, without venturing outside the limits of your comfort zone, it is impossible to grow.
Discomfort is a practice.
It is fundamental for maintaining growth. Unused capacities atrophy. To have a capacity forever, you must practice it forever.
Daily exposure to discomfort increases your capacity to tolerate – and even enjoy – discomfort.”
“How do you practice discomfort?”
“I do some form of intense physical activity every day. The practice is to push past the point when my body signals me to stop.
I take a cold shower every day. The practice is to calm myself using the breath.
I do breath-holds throughout the day. The practice is to calm myself mentally, without using the breath.
I frequently do Parkour challenges which expose me to fear.”
“How about expanding it in the sphere of the social?”
“That’s something I’m building up to. Strangely, I find it more difficult than all the previous ones combined.”