I didn’t send my newsletter yesterday because it was Martin Luther King Jr. day., and I like to reflect on sacrifice on that day. For the last week, I have been thinking about the value of discomfort, and the importance of developing a healthy relationship with it.
Have you watched MLK’s mountaintop speech recently? If not, here is a short version. Watch closely…
His words are not comfortable. Can you imagine if YOU had to be the one to say them. To tell a room full of people that you could feel that you may not live much longer, but that your work was more important than a long life.
He says “Like anybody I would like to live a long life.”
And then he goes on to say “But I’m not concerned about that now. I just wanna do God’s will.”
Chills, every time I watch it. The way he walks off at the end. It’s clear that through the cheering and the smiles of the crowd, he just triumphed by walking through discomfort and overcoming fear.
How much can we learn from this. It seems this lesson is boundless.
All great things require discomfort. Our relationship with discomfort defines our relationship with greatness.
For me, at the moment, it’s creating this content for you. Every week, in video, audio and written form. Making all the mistakes, not being happy with the end product. Pissed about how clumsy I am at it. And then still getting it done. Because I know that I won’t get anywhere if I succumb to the discomfort.
No, this is nowhere near as important as what MLK did for humanity.
But it is really important for my journey. It carries great significance for me. One day, who knows what words I may be inspired to say on this platform, and working through the discomfort of feeling like an amateur right now could be the only thing that enables me to build out a platform big enough to get that one important message out.
Claiming and using our creative power requires embracing discomfort. What discomfort are you working to embrace to achieve your great thing? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!