How to Embrace the Discomfort of Striving

February 25, 2016, 1:03 PM · A parent was explaining to me that her child wanted to play in youth orchestra, but every time they talked about it, talks tended to shut down over the idea of having to audition. She felt very uncomfortable with that.

I turned to my student, "Of course you feel uncomfortable," I said. "It's an uncomfortable situation! Don't be afraid of that feeling, you're supposed to feel that way. But then do it anyway."

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Easy for me to say the words, harder to turn that into action. But it's worth the effort.

The problem with striving to do something new is that we humans tend to be a lot more comfortable doing what is familiar. Can our desire to achieve overcome our fear of failure? Can our desire to explore something new conquer our fear of the unknown?

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March 1, 2016 at 06:44 PM · What a great article! Boy, it could go for pretty much any risk-involving endeavor. Any endeavor, period! Good to be reminded of the steps toward success.

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