The best before date on comfortable actions, habits and changes is short. They might give us a moment of satisfaction or relief. Even a quick win. But the long-term outcome is rarely sustainable or fulfilling.

Still, we cling on to the hope of an easy, quick fix. Wasting our time taking shortcuts while avoiding the uncomfortable, even painful actions we know we need to take. If we want something worth having, we can’t run away from the discomfort forever.

Once we embrace the uncomfortable, we are free. Free from the pressure of bloated promises of easy solutions. Free from the dooming feeling we often have in our gut when avoiding the challenging actions. Free from cheating ourselves.

We progress when we accept discomfort as an unavoidable part of the process. When we learn to tolerate discomfort, we shift our beliefs, leap forward and break our ingrained habits that no longer serve us.