Thoughts on Being Comfortably Uncomfortable

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 01/12/12 •  4 min read

You’ve hear it from lifestyle entrepreneurs all the time: you’ve gotta learn to be uncomfortable.

I say it myself, because there’s a lot of truth in it.  Change is hard, and there are going to be times where it’s extremely uncomfortable.  Quitting your job is uncomfortable, so is paying off debt, the same with moving to a new place, or starting something new that you know nothing about.

However all of that doesn’t have to last, and even when you’re in a transitional phase, you should strive to add certain elements of comfort to your life.  If you don’t then oftentimes life can get to unbearable, and you’ll fall back into your traditional comfortable routines.

How I’m Comfortably Uncomfortable

So what the hell am I talking about? Let’s give some examples.

While I was living in Bangkok I had a whole slew of uncomfortable times and things I needed to adjust to.  At one point in particular there were protests everywhere, and people were getting killed.  So what did I do? I went out and bought a guitar.

I’ve played guitar since I was 10 and it no matter where I am or what I’m doing it’s always been a source of comfort.  Even though I got tear gassed in the process of getting it, the rest of my time in Asia was much more comfortable because of it.

When quitting your job or making a major life change, always have something close by that you can fall back on that brings you to a more familiar place.  Maybe its an instrument, a game, music, a book, whatever it is, keep it close during your period of insecurity and change.

I always travel with music – always.  No matter what mood or emotion I’m feeling there is always a song or artist that will accompany that.  It’s interesting to note how over time certain albums or playlists immediately conjure up memories of certain locales.

One of the most important things that keeps me comfortable, when I’m out being uncomfortable is having a home base.  I travel for maybe 4 months out of the year but the rest of the time I’m back home in Portland with friends and family.  There I’m able to get into a routine (which you should strive to do in any new place), be productive, and relax after jaunting around the world.

Thing to Remember During a Period of Change

Here are a few things to think about during any comfortable period in your life:

Both being comfortable and uncomfortable are necessary aspects of life.  We need the latter to appreciate the former, and if we don’t have either then, life just kind of sucks.  Learn to put yourself in the hard situations with the full knowledge that it will make your life richer, and your business stronger.

How to you continue to be comfortable during the uncomfortable periods in your life?

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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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