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Living Comfortably In The Uncomfort Zone

October 27, 2015

I started taking piano lessons when I was in 6th grade.  Little did I know what I was about to begin.  What I didn't know was that the piano method my teacher used had six levels.  This meant that it would take me a few years to learn the concepts in each level.  When I mastered one skill there was another one to learn.  When it was time to learn how to use the damper pedal, my teacher demonstrated how to use it in the lesson.  The damper pedal is the pedal that makes the sound sustain when you play.  While you are playing the piano you keep your right foot hovering over the pedal ready to be used.  Your heel stays on the floor and you do a quick up down motion with your foot.  My teacher then had me do a few practice runs to make sure I understood what to do when I practiced at home.  She wrote my practice instructions in my notebook and home I went.  I walked in the door and broke down crying.  How in the world was I going to figure out how to use the damper pedal?  I told myself I can't do this, it was too uncomfortable.  Hadn't I mastered enough skills on the piano?  I mean come on, I could play hands together and make the piano sound loud and soft.   This concept was being introduced in my first year of lessons.  If it was this hard in level one, what was level six going to be like?  How many times have you stopped doing something because it felt uncomfortable?  How many times have you tried to lose weight and stopped because you felt uncomfortable doing the work needed to lose the weight and keep it off?  How many times have you felt uncomfortable trying to start your business and quit because it felt uncomfortable?  How many times have you given up on building a stronger marriage because it was uncomfortable to make the changes in yourself to make things work?  It's time to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Anytime you make a change in your life, the old you will fight it. Your mind will fight you when you tell it no I will not eat foods that don't nourish my body.  Family and friends may say they liked the old you better because you didn't express your feelings.  If you don't give in to the feelings in the uncomfort zone, you will overcome them.  You will find that the fears you have go away as you tackle those uncomfortable feelings.  You will even get to the point when something happens that used to make you uncomfortable doesn't bother you.  You handle it and move on.  Get used to the uncomfort zone as you go and create the life you want.  By the way, I did master using the damper pedal and eventually went to college and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.  I don't cry when I use the pedal anymore.  Get comfortable in the uncomfort zone.

 

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