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The critical role of Discomfort

The critical role Discomfort plays

 Hi, everyone, its Sal Celly. Hope you all are doing well. I wanted to do this quick post today about the role of discomfort. When was the last time you were uncomfortable. This could be in your personal life or in your work life. It’s human nature to try to avoid the discomfort, and to continue to stay comfortable. But many times when you get caught up in comfort, you’re not pushing yourself, you’re not expanding your zone of possibility. And you’re not adapting and changing.

Don’t avoid the Discomfort

It’s important to be uncomfortable, so that you do something about the discomfort. And don’t avoid it. Don’t try to push it away. And don’t try to make excuses. But actually embrace it, adopt it implemented and move forward. This reminds me of a very important and beautiful quote by Paul Tripp, who said, “God will take you where you haven’t intended to go, in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own.” This is an insightful quote by Paul Tripp and is relevant both in your personal life and in your professional life.

What makes you Uncomfortable

You know, when I think about this, there have been so many situations where I was uncomfortable because I was being pulled into doing something that I thought I was not capable of doing- it could be a question of competence, or feeling that you were not adequate enough or that you were not knowledgeable enough or that you were not old enough or not young enough, or whatever the reason is, you felt that you were not suitable to do that particular role. And you were uncomfortable. But the key here is, when you look back, with the benefit of hindsight, you learn something new- you adapted, you changed, and you acquired a new skill set. And that one step that you took to get out of the discomfort, opened up so many other avenues for you.

Have Faith

Here’s the important point-when you have faith in God, and you understand that it is His timeline and His grace, and His confidence and His ability, then it’s not about you. And you recognize that it is His will and not yours. Then you go ahead and take the action. You may feel that you are not qualified to do that role, and there’s somebody better who can do this, so please choose somebody else. Now, the important thing to remember is –“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”  That is a quote from Mark Batterson.

Practical illustration of Discomfort’s upside

There have  been so many situations where I felt that I was not capable or qualified to do that particular role. A long time ago, when I was in HR consulting, my boss asked me to do a technology, head hunting assignment. I was very upset about it because I knew absolutely nothing about technology. And I felt that I was not qualified and he should have given that assignment to somebody else that had a technical background. But he gave it to me-so unwillingly, and unhappily, I got into it. In order for me to work, get into it and understand,  I had to do some reading,  and some research. And I did. A good amount of reading, research, analysis and understanding.

That was 25 years ago. Fast forward today,  I am heavily entrenched in technology. I’m heavily entrenched in Cyber Security.  That step I took in the uncomfortable situation that I found myself in 25 years ago, made me take certain steps which changed the trajectory of my life. And that’s what I’m talking about. It is important to go through the discomfort, so that you emerge out stronger on the other side. In the short term, it may cause you affliction, it may cause you oppression, you may be unhappy about it, you may be sad about it, and you may suffer. But the important point is, in the long run, you will emerge stronger and better.

Remember, God pursues you. He hears you, and he sees you. He sees your affliction. He sees your oppression; He sees your suffering and He hears your cries. And He’s going to come to deliver you, and He is going to fulfill His promise. And that is extremely important for us to recognize. So the next time you’re in an uncomfortable situation, whether at work or in your personal life, remember, don’t ask yourself, why is this happening to you? Ask yourself, what is God trying to teach me about this? And where is He leading me- take the plunge and go ahead and adopt and embrace the discomfort.

I was driving the other day, and I saw a bumper sticker on the Prius ahead of me-it was a very interesting sticker. It said, Teaching is a work of Heart. That is so important and critical. The Prius probably belonged to a teacher. Nobody gets into teaching and stays with it for the money. You do it because you enjoy it- you have a purpose to help people transform their lives, and to teach them how to fish instead of just giving them a fish. And you do that because you are passionate about that and that is why it is a work of heart, and not your mind. A lot of people make decisions emotionally rather than rationally.  They make decisions emotionally and then they justify the decision made rationally. So remember that and adopt the discomfort.


It’s okay to be uncomfortable because that is going to prompt you to open some doors that you would not have opened before and to walk in a particular direction that you may not have gone before. Remember that “God will take you where you haven’t intended to go, in order to produce in you what you could not have achieved on your own”-Paul Tripp. Thank you for reading this post. Hope you have a great week. This is Sal Celly. Take care.

If you have any questions or would like additional details or if you’d like to schedule a complimentary coaching session on how you can handle discomfort and deal with an uncomfortable situation more effectively, to lead a more balanced, happier and fulfilled life, please email me at Thanks.


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