Accountability and a Comfortable Life

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 06/22/09 •  3 min read

Has your life become too comfortable?It is so easy to get sucked into the daily routine of life, waiting for that yearly raise (which won’t come for many this year), saving up for your two weeks of vacation, and watching TV on the couch most nights of the week.Millions of people live this life, and for millions, it is exactly where they want to be.

However, I want something more, and I bet you do too.

The hardest part about a comfortable life is that it is so difficult to break out of.I mean, who doesn’t like being comfortable?There is very little that is unknown, and thus very little fear or risk.And that terrifies me more than anything.I have a great job.For many, it would be the perfect job.It isn’t that I don’t like what I do, rather it is a concern that I will look back on my life in 10 years and regret not taking more risks and having more adventures.

I constantly find myself telling stories of my travels.They are some of the best memories I have in life, and to be honest, I am not making many unforgettable memories at my current job.However, I have a comfortable life.And turning that upside down is one of the most difficult things I have ever encountered.Some handle the change better than others.Take Colin, atExile Lifestylefor instance.He is in the process of selling ALL of his stuff so that he can move to Argentina at the end of the year.At the moment I can’t handle the thought of selling all of my stuff; it is my fall back.As long as I have a bed, a TV, a guitar etc. I will always feel safe.

That’s just it though, if you want to gain anything in life you have to take risks.You have to feel vulnerable, and make sacrifices.In orderto really break out of your comfortable life you have to take a series of small steps.As an example, this blog is my first step in taking control of my life.I have identified some goals (more adventures, travel to new places, create a business to support myself), and am using the site to hold myself accountable.

Accountability can be one of your most beneficial assets when you are making significant life changes.Whether it is a family member, significant other, close friend, or even an online community,

If there is someone to hold you accountable for the things you talk about doing, you are much more likely to follow through.

I want to be traveling next year.I want to break out of my comfortable life.I want to take this site to the next level and make it a great resource for everyone out there who is trying to create a lifestyle for themselves, wants to start a business, or just wants to hear some more awesome travel stories!

The point of this article is to show that things aren’t always easy.  Creating anunconventional lifefor yourself is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Whether your goal is travel, self-employment or both, it will take a lot of perseverance to get there.  But I have a firm belief that in the end, it will all be worth it.  Do you agree?

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Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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