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By Ifeoluwapo – Author, Musings of an Analytical Mind.
“May God Make You Uncomfortable”The above statement or prayer if you wish, was made by Olorioko Dayo Israel at a friend’s birthday party. It was February 1 and we were gathered somewhere in Ikeja to celebrate the birthday in a worship style – singing, praying and of course dining.During the course of the party, Dayo Israel was called to give a short exhortation and somewhere along the line, he made the statement, which I’d say is probably the best thing I’ve heard this year. I mean, he even suggested that we prayed that prayer God, make me uncomfortable. What was the rationale for such an outrageous statement and why do I find it instructive? I’ll explain in a bit.

Before Dayo Israel arrived at those five words, he pointed out to those of us seated that we were all created for greatness, to play a role on this planet called earth. However, due to a variety of circumstances some of which include our background, the society and our personal experiences, many people fail to achieve that for which they were created. And this, in his view, is the greatest tragedy that can ever befall a man – being loaded with so much potential yet not tapping into the vast riches that lie within. To reach the end of one’s life and discover that one could have touched more people, escaped the clutches of poverty, done more and be more.

A chair of nails.
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One thing that prevents people from reaching their full potential ironically is comfort. You can interpret it anyway and you’ll still be right: material comfort, comfort zone, emotional comfort. Comfort is good and I doubt we could go on living without some measure of comfort. However, the same comfort which many of us strive for, in many cases, ends up being the chain that keeps us tied to one spot. That spot could be a job, a grade level, a quality of spiritual intimacy, a successful business venture, a relationship etc. Whatever it is, all comfort zones have one thing in common – you’re so comfortable with them that you’d rather not risk the uncertainty of moving to a higher level.

We humans are naturally disposed to resist change, even those who call themselves change agents. As long as we cannot see an immediate benefit, we do not have an incentive to change what we are doing or how we are doing it and therefore, we remain in our old spot. Unfortunately, life rarely presents anyone with a finished product, only the raw material. And if there are no glamorous guarantees when you decide to embrace change, why should anyone change? That’s where Dayo’s prayer comes in.

Given the lack of incentive to embark on the uncertain change that holds the key to the fulfilment of our potentials, the only way we can be made to leave our comfort zones is if our comfort zones become uncomfortable. That’s the only way we get to move out and explore (and discover) new opportunities. History is full of examples that affirm this. If you’re a Christian, you may recall that the persecutions by Saul (later to become Paul) was what made the disciples spread Christianity outside Jerusalem (their comfort zone) to the rest of the world as they knew it.

So when next you start experiencing discomfort in your area of success; a dwindling bank account, declining orders and the like, stop for a moment and consider that God just might be trying to get you to move to the next level. And if you feel you’re living a stagnated life, then scroll up to the top of this page and repeat Dayo’s prayer.

In a few lines: Discomfort is a tool for creating change. Try to embrace it.

What to do: Next week, I’ll share a story of how one of America’s all-time richest men – Rockefeller was able to move on to the next level by responding appropriately to the demand for change. In the meantime, do share the post with your friends and anyone you know who needs this.

 

About The Author:

Ifeoluwapo is a Medical Doctor, Brand Strategist, Blogger and Author of several hundred quotes (Daily Insights).

He believes aesthetics and quality are not mutually exclusive and does his utmost to get the best of both. He is the author of Musings of An Analytical Mind and tweets from @hypoxia13

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