#Uncomfortable June 25

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In 2020 some Coach4aday posts will feature lessons learned by completing, planning, and experiencing 30 day challenges. The challenges include physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.


It is almost the midpoint for the year 2020. As the calendar gets ready to move to the second half I got thinking about what one word would best describe 2020 to date. I quickly realized it would be UNCOMFORTABLE.


The changes we have made to our work and personal lives because of COVID 19 has made us UNCOMFORTABLE.

The conversations about racism has made many of us UNCOMFORTABLE.

The polarization of political opinions makes many UNCOMFORTABLE.

When you get UNCOMFORTABLE many will utilize nostalgia as their sole source of therapeutic relief. Nostalgia is that feeling we dial up when we encounter UNCOMFORTABLE change.

NPR did a piece on how groups create their own language. Basketball teams are often fond of saying “No Pain, No Gain”. Military units often say “Embrace the Suck”

As a basketball coach my players and teams had to get UNCOMFORTABLE to improve. The concept I am hanging on to in 2020 is that the tsunami of UNCOMFORTABLENESSS is here to help me grow. There is no substitute for the fact to grow you have to embrace discomfort or the suck. Discomfort is not in short supply at the present time.

Taking on 30 Day Challenges each month has galvanized a learning concept for me. To learn you have to leave your comfort zone. That makes us UNCOMFORTABLE.

Seth Godin has a great quote

“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.”

So here is what I say.

  • 2020 is the year that makes us feel awkward.
  • We all are out of our comfort zones.
  • We have to remember if we just stay nostalgic and remain  in our comfort zone, there is no growth.

Embrace being UNCOMFORTABLE there is lots of growth possibilities embedded in that feeling.



  1. […] #Uncomfortable June 25 […]

  2. I’m guilty of hiding out in the comfortable zone…. its just well so comfy, but indeed things do not get done if we are hunkered down….

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