The Power Of Temporary Discomfort
It happened at the worst possible moment.
And it was awesome.
On a recent flight from Richmond to Anchorage, one of my flights was delayed. That meant a very, very tight connection in Minneapolis.
Normally, I don’t mind a spring through the airport but after two large coffees and a bottle of water, I had to go to the bathroom. Badly. Really badly.
As I bolted off the plane, I heard someone calling my name… “Miss Posey? Miss Posey!”
I turned to find a well-dressed man standing on the jet bridge, holding a sign with my name on it.
Of course, I stopped to see what he wanted…
When I introduced myself, he said he had a car to take me to my next plane since my connection was so tight. It was a service for frequent flyers.
Side note: if you fly 100,000 miles per year like I do, stick with one airline. They reward the loyalty.
I assumed he meant he was taking me to one of those little beepy carts that buzz through the airports.
He had a Porsche Panamera waiting on the tarmac to drive me around the outside of the airport to my gate.
We exited the stairs from the jet bridge and walked to the gleaming black sports car.
Keep in mind I still have to pee – even worse now! It was getting painful but I wasn’t going to miss the ride in this car for anything.
My chauffeur deposited me at the gate next to my plane and escorted me up the jet bridge where I got some very strange (and some envious) looks from my fellow passengers.
It was awesome!
Of course, I made a beeline for the ladies room as soon as I cleared the last door of the jet bridge.
What’s the business moral of this story?
Sometimes you have to temporarily uncomfortable in order to experience amazing things.
In fact, almost all growth and change in your business comes with its own discomfort.
But remember, it is always temporary.
As Navy SEAL I read about says, “Everything ends. When your brain tells you that you are done, you’ve only used 40% of what you really can do. You just have to remember that whatever pain you’re in will end and keep going.”
What temporary discomfort are you willing to go through in order to reach your goals?
What will you invest to be better at your business and change the world in a bigger way?
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