EPISODE 12: Discomfort as a Personal Growth and Parenting Tool
Hello, my friends, welcome back to another episode of the Streamlined Motherhood Podcast. This episode is ALL about discomfort and challenging your views on the role of it in your life and parenting. Sure, everyone wants have comfort in their life, and it’s great to a certain extent. However, no major breakthroughs in life happen without discomfort first. In this episode, I share my personal experiences with getting really uncomfortable and embracing the difficult as well as how to encourage independent and resilient children. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re living your life to the fullest and really getting after what you desire, this episode will give you the tools and motivation to embrace discomfort.
Notes from the episode:
Have you ever thought about your relationship with discomfort? Do you embrace the difficult or avoid it?
Your relationship with discomfort affects all areas of your life. It impacts how you view yourself and interact in the world, it impacts the way you parent, and it determines how likely you are to reach your goals.
Sometimes we can keep our children from experiencing very mild discomfort because we’re afraid of causing them any sort of pain. We want to protect them from the world and in that desire, it’s possible to keep them from growing to their highest self.
Parent your first child like your third.
Whenever possible, let your child take the lead and solve their own problem. Let them grow and own their power and decision making.
Quote from Maria Montessori: “the essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be. Such experience is not play…. It is work he must do in order to grow up.”
Every monumental thing you’ve done in your life was precipitated by discomfort. Major breakthroughs do not happen in the comfort zone, but rather by consistently pushing yourself to do that which makes you uncomfortable.
Is there something you’ve been avoiding because you’re worried about what it’ll be like or whether it’ll be too hard? Instead of finding ways to avoid it, ask yourself what would happen if you tried it. What gold could you find in the experience and how do you think you’ll grow as a person?
What can you do to shake-up your routine?
What’s something that scares you?
More about the Wim Hof Method here. Want to join me?
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