Discomfort Is The Currency To Your Dreams

We want the results of growth but so often fight the uncomfortable process, and therefore sabotage our dreams. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. - Hebrews 12:11

We want to make more money. To be financially independent.

We want the vacations, the luxuries, the cars and houses.

We want the modern kitchens and regular spa days.

We want the solid relationships, the faithful friendships, the careers we’re passionate about.

We want to be and do and experience.

But please don’t make us uncomfortable!

Except there’s a problem: that’s just not the way life works.

Discomfort is the currency to your dreams. It is the price of growth. - Brooke Castillo

Emotions are tools that we can strategically use to achieve our desired results. If we are intentional about our thoughts, our emotions will follow.

It is always to our benefit when we intentionally believe thoughts that keep us:

  • curious instead of judgmental or critical

  • loving instead of apathetic or contemptuous

  • focused instead of chaotic

  • determined instead of haphazard

  • deprived instead of indulgent

So often we think of emotions as positive and negative. We want to experience more of the positive and less of the negative.

But what if, instead, we thought of emotions as useful or indulgent?

Perhaps we’d be willing to experience negative emotions on purpose, because they would be the direct path to fulfilling our dreams.

The following are useful negative emotions that I’m practicing on purpose:

  • Discomfort

  • Determined

  • Courage

  • Focused

  • Fear

  • Deprivation (not in a self-defeating, shaming way; but in an empowering way)

And the following are indulgent negative emotions that I choose not to indulge in (when I’m paying attention!)

  • Confusion

  • Doubt

  • Worry

  • Pity

  • Anxiety

  • Self-loathing

  • Overwhelm

  • Victimization

  • Defensive

  • Offended

  • Justified

  • Righteous

We rarely realize how crummy “justified” feels.
— Meagan Bunner

So be intentional about your emotions this week. What would you like to accomplish with them? What are your big goals? And what emotions will you need to feel consistently to accomplish them?