3 Tips to Develop an Appetite for Discomfort

_By: Matt Gray_ Remember the last time you did something that caused you extreme physical or mental strain? Whether it was an intense workout or an important presentation in front of a large group of people. These tasks require energy. They require perseverance to overcome the feeling of nervousness and the voice in your head that tells you to "give up." Aaron Swartz writes: The problem is that the topics that are most painful also tend to be the topics that are most important for us: they’re the projects we most want to do, the relationships we care most about, the decisions that have the biggest consequences for our future, the most dangerous risks that we run. We’re scared of them because we know the stakes are so high. But if we never think about them, then we can never do anything about them. Nothing in life comes easy. Whether it's meeting someone for the first time or giving a talk to hundreds of people - these events are nerve-wracking. They are also the most satisfying. The most worthwhile events in your life will come from taking a risk and stepping outside of your comfort  zone. So how do you develop an appetite for discomfort? Here are 3 tips: **Practice.** Force yourself to do little things that are uncomfortable. Go for a morning workout. Eat healthy. These tasks will build your willpower, your threshold for pain. Before you know it you'll be conquering your biggest fears. **Lean into the pain.** View feelings of nervousness and anxiety as necessary components to personal growth. As a mentor once told me, "If you're not nervous, you're not close to doing something important." **Be positive.** Approach life with an eagerness to learn and grow. Paul Graham put it best: _Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy. _