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Awkward

comfort zone drawing

“My new favorite word is ‘awkward.’  The reason we need to be in search of awkward is that awkward is the barrier between us and excellence, between where we are and the remarkable. If it were easy, everyone would have done it already, and it wouldn’t be worth the effort.”

– Seth Godin (Author and entrepreneur)

I found myself in a yoga class recently where the instructor made a very profound point:

“When you move into a new position, you will most likely feel awkward.  That’s because it’s new.   So you’ll probably feel uncomfortable and maybe even a little pain.   The key is to sit with that feeling of pain.  Of being awkward.  The problem is not your body – it’s your mind.  Your mind is reacting to the feeling.  It wants to move away from it, avoid it.  But if you sit with it regardless, you will push through to the other side. And after a time, the awkward feeling will disappear and you
will be at a new level.”

Very simply, the above is a fantastic metaphor for growing. If you’re feeling ‘awkward’, ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘pain’ in your business or life right now, sit with it until you push through. If you’re not feeling any of the above, go do something that makes
you feel that way…

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