57 Commitments and the Discomfort of Change

In this episode, we get real and name the problem with trying to form new habits or stop old ones:

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
— Winston Churchill

It’s hard!

We talk about how, after the initial feelings of inspiration and motivation wear off, it can be a straight up slog.

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But also how the slog is worth it – if you just keep going.

We also talk about WHY it feels like a slog!

This sloggy emotional feeling is similar to the sloggy physical pain and discomfort you feel after imposing new and unfamiliar physical demands on yourself.

You know, the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) of ooh, I’m feeling yesterday’s workout, or the day before yesterday’s workout.

It’s because there is a literal biological change underway; your cells – your very being – is undergoing transformation.

You have to realize that your entire organism – both physical and emotional – requires a time of transition and adjustment in order to adapt to new behavior.

So take the fact of your discomfort as a symptom of success and progress.

Who you are is changing.

Welcome to the new you!

P.S. And don’t worry, the new you won’t always feel this way! It’s just the birth pains. Keep going, and the new you will be stronger and fitter, and sloggy-free!

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