When you do anything that is challenging, when you are learning something new, when you are developing a new skill or when you meet new people, you will feel discomfort.
Discomfort is a minor form of stress and a little stress is a good thing, it turns out.
The latest research on stress indicates that minor stress elevates your ability to focus.
It sharpens your cognitive abilities by releasing certain hormones and neurotransmitters that tap into all three parts of the brain: the neocortex, limbic system and the brain stem.
This is important because, well three parts of the brain are better than one, obviously. But more to the point, when our limbic and brain stem are called into action, the power of emotions charges in. And emotions are the key to long-term potentiation (long-term memory).
Emotions make learning stick.
So, embrace discomfort. Welcome it. Seek out situations in life that put you in a state of discomfort. Discomfort causes change and growth. And growth is the hallmark of all successful individuals.