Minisode Monday #35 | Good Discomfort vs. Bad Discomfort

Minisode Monday #35 | Good Discomfort vs. Bad Discomfort

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

As much as we might wish otherwise, personal growth isn’t a comfortable process. AppSumo and OkDork‘s Noah Kagan rejoins us for this Minisode Monday to talk about how we can at least make sure it’s a good discomfort rather than a bad discomfort.

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • In order to grow, you have to step outside of your comfort zone.
  • Not all discomfort is guaranteed to help you grow.
  • Learn to tell the difference between the “good” discomfort that teaches you valuable lessons and “bad” discomfort that puts you through some kind of an ordeal without benefiting you in any way.
  • Noah compares eating so much food that you can barely waddle away from the dinner table (bad discomfort) to going for a seven-mile walk with a good friend that results in sore legs — but stronger muscles and better endurance — and excellent conversation (good discomfort).
  • Sometimes your brain will try to convince you the discomfort on the intended path ahead is bad when it’s really good — we’re excellent at making excuses to avoid discomfort entirely.
  • This week, try to step outside of your comfort zone in a way that promotes good discomfort. Noah recommends something simple: “Get out your phone right now and text someone something you wouldn’t normally text them.” It’s an easy way to work out your discomfort muscle with minimal danger (though Jordan offers a few caveats you’d be wise to consider first).
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  • Let us know about how you put today’s Minisode Monday into practice! Leave a comment below, tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response, or write to Jordan directly: [email protected] (he reads everything)!

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Jordan Harbinger - author of 829 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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