When you first touch the water as you’re starting a swim, it generally feels cold. The first time it touches your back typically sends a shiver down your spine. Ah – the discomfort.
Do you take the plunge? Or not?
The plunge alone won’t suffice, of course. You’ll still feel cold.
Instead, the best approach is to jump in and swim. A few strokes later, the water feels good and you feel comfortable. If it still feels cold, a few more strokes will do the trick.
This is the point when you wonder why you spent time wondering if you did take the plunge. It feels comfortable. And, as you swim more, it begins to feel great.
Of course, this is analogous to every great growth experience.