Uncertainty and discomfort

Uncertainty and discomfort are a necessary component for us to do anything meaningful — Leo Babauta.

That line pierced through my heart. Yet, it’s so reassuring. Because if you’re even a tad ambitious about making a difference to your or others lives, you have been questioned on your motives, efforts and even sanity! And it’s hard to keep the spirits up when facing the skeptics when times are tough or we face one obstacle after the other.

I know I at times reason if I’m headed the right path or if my decisions up to this juncture have been any good. The answers don’t matter but it’s a great good exercise to keep my ego in check. Not having the answers keeps me grounded.

Sure, I wish things were easy. We all wish that, don’t we? We deserve it after all. But life, as we all know it, doesn’t give a hoot about our comforts or what we deserve. It simply rewards the ones who show up prepared and are willing to take more risks.

You’ve got to be patient. With yourself and the ones around you. Most importantly, you have to be more accepting of the uncertainties and the discomforts that come with your decisions. Remember, your end goal is way bigger than your own existence. It doesn’t matter if you’re an entrepreneur or an artist or a fitness trainer or even a copywriter. What you create or facilitate will outlive you.

Acceptance is the key.

The past couple of weeks, for example, I’ve been struggling to master the kettlebell clean. It’s a deceptively simple exercise but quite difficult to execute. I can choose to ignore it but I know it builds onto other powerful kettlebell moves. Now, that is non-negotiable for the strength coach in me.

The challenge isn’t that I can’t execute the advanced moves well. I can. It’s just my mastery of the other moves will be severely limited by the limitations I have for this particular movement. Talk about dependencies! They say, “Your press can only be as good as the clean.” (You see, why I’ve been worried about this?)

After two weeks of trial and error — my forearms are sore, elbows are irritated and my ego’s hurt. And I’m no where near flawless execution. What should I do next? Well, practice. Lots of it. It will be perfect, over time not overnight.

And perhaps that’s where the uncertainly and discomfort part comes in. I know I will master it but I just don’t know how long will it take. And yes, it’s definitely going to be uncomfortable, if not outright painful.

I think that very much translates to our best of intentions. Like I mentioned previously, only the ones who show up prepared reap the rewards.

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