If It Doesn’t Suck We Don’t Do It

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If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it. – Navy Seal motto

As you might remember in my last post… I’ve been struggling to mentally adjust to a new position I’ve taken. It’s a golden opportunity and I’m thrilled to be there.

At the same time. I sometimes feel totally incompetent. It’s not that I’m not prepared either. I already have more training in the therapy approach I use than most people, and from world class trainers. It’s just that I had not yet used it with clients whose difficulties, on the surface at least, were mostly connected to physical difficulties (e.g., seizures, fainting spells, numbness, limb weakness, migraines, and pain).

I was telling one of my best friends about my discomfort and feeling incompetent. His reply was “That’s awesome!” Right. Awesome. I had forgotten that he’s really in a similar position. In the last six months he took on a position as a director in a large company. He said “Right now I’m floating, and I’m kind of forced to forge my own identity and figure out how I can contribute to the company’s goals with very little direction. I figure I’ll feel incompetent for the next couple of years in this position. Plus, I imagine I’ll feel incompetent in the next position I get, because I’m not stopping here. I mean really, if you don’t feel uncomfortable, you’re not growing.”

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What a timely reminder of a great bit of wisdom. It’s not a new thought, but it’s a valuable one, and the more you can wrap your head around it, the more exciting and more gratifying you can make your life. As if on cue, I also stumbled across a great article about life with a Navy Seal, and the motto they seem to live by.

So for me, right now, I’m really out of my comfort zone professionally. I’ll probably stick to one domain at a time as I believe we also need a sense of mastery in at least some elements of our lives… but I also think it’s important to keep switching it up, so maybe when I start to feel competent in my work again I’ll find something in my personal life to get uncomfortable about. How about you?

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Where are you pushing yourself out of your comfort zone? If you take a good look and find that everything seems on autopilot, then maybe its time to find a way to feel incompetent!

One thought on “If It Doesn’t Suck We Don’t Do It

  1. I love this post. It normalizes the journey of uncomfortableness. Helps me reframe being in the mess of uncertainty as an opportunity–one in which I get to experience freedom from the traps of certainty and live out my values. Thank you Ryan.

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