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Lean Into Discomfort

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

I’ve got a question for you…

Is there something that you want (or need) to do professionally that scares you?

Maybe it’s a practicum coming up in school or a presentation you have to give to your company or maybe you want to start your own company or product.

Well, let me ask you this… what is holding you back?

Maybe it’s nerves, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, or thinking you aren’t good enough. Whatever the reason, I want you to name it and then sit with it. 

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I was extremely shy growing up.  I was so shy that people thought I didn’t talk. 

Because of this, any sort of speaking made me want to run and hide. This might be crazy to think since I now speak publicly on a podcast every week. But it’s true. 

And let me tell you, it took work. It meant taking action. It meant putting myself out there and getting uncomfortable. 

It took leaning into the discomfort I felt when using my voice in order to overcome my shyness. 

And do I still get nervous when asked to do some sort of public speaking, of course. But rather than run from the nerves, I lean in because the reward of doing it always far outweighs the fears I have before. 

So if there is something that you want to accomplish but are scared or nervous for any reason, I invite you to lean into that discomfort you feel. Embrace it and then allow it to push you forward. 

Because the only difference between someone who has done the thing and someone who hasn’t, is that they leaned in when things got hard or uncomfortable. They didn’t run away or stop.  

Is there something that you want to do and haven’t yet? What’s holding you back? Share your thoughts below in the comments. 

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