Much of the notion of the comfort/discomfort of an activity comes from the connotation we put on it—”I like/hate this.” “I’m good/horrible at this” “this is boring/fun.”  

Training should be more than just a mindless acquisition of skill; it should be a conscious deprogramming of that which keeps us inept.

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    • Well we all like our comfort, Bobby, haha! I love—LOVE—eating! (Even more so than bedroom stuff—I got that craziness out of my system in my wild 20s. Sorry if TMI) Which is why I limit myself to a cheat day and a half every week…to keep my perception from becoming too restrictive but at the same time keeping myself able to navigate the turbulence of life.


  1. I love this idea; I am very much trying to go out of my comfort zone so that I can grow to become a better, less petty, more forgiving person. It’s difficult to set aside biases I’ve held for such a long time, but it’s important in the effort to attain more peace in life.

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  2. I find I have a dichotomous reaction to this.
    On one side: I know first hand, with multiple repetitions, that my growth only occurs outside my comfort zone (barring eating…see above comment). I know that I am growing when I face some level of discomfort and uncertainty.
    On the other side: I used to be a technical trainer and when you invoked the word “training” I have a different reaction. Training need not and should not be “the mindless acquisition of [a] skill”. However, “deprogramming” implies there are bad habits to broken, when I frequently find there are no habits to begin with.
    Thank you for an interesting and chewy food for thought.

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    • I agree with you that training should never be a mindless acquisition of a skill, and I’ve found in the military that you can train bad habits right along with good ones. Perhaps you’re experience as a (personal?) trainer has illustrated the need for routine, and I can see that in the majority of the populace, but the statement is dual-edged; in the military, and indeed, in any big organization, you see routines/traditions perpetuated mindlessly ad nauseum. However, it is indeed worthy of consideration, for one side or the other falls short of the optimum state. Thanks for the comment! 🙂


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