Seek Discomfort


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When you do anything that is challenging, when you are learning something new, when you are developing a new skill or when you meet new people, you will feel discomfort.

Discomfort is a minor form of stress and a little stress is a good thing, it turns out.

The latest research on stress indicates that minor stress elevates your ability to focus.

It sharpens your cognitive abilities by releasing certain hormones and neurotransmitters that tap into all three parts of the brain: the neocortex, limbic system and the brain stem.

This is important because, well three parts of the brain are better than one, obviously. But more to the point, when our limbic and brain stem are called into action, the power of emotions charges in. And emotions are the key to long-term potentiation (long-term memory).

Emotions make learning stick.

So, embrace discomfort. Welcome it. Seek out situations in life that put you in a state of discomfort. Discomfort causes change and growth. And growth is the hallmark of all successful individuals.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Love this idea of using discomfort as a compass to guide ourselves towards personal growth and success. Simple to remember, hard to implement, but extremely effective.

  2. Very useful lifelong learning material. Thanks so much

  3. charlene says:

    Excellent! I’m going to use this from today!

  4. This is really interesting. It’s incredible what your brain is capable of and what can affect your abilities. Nice work! Thanks for posting!

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