Jul 242013
Charles Comfort

Charles Comfort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any important advancements or evolutions in life cost comfort.

If you want to be healthier, you will have to do things and eat foods that will disrupt your comfort level.  If you want a better relationship with someone, you’ll have to risk rejection and dedicate yourself to activities and spending time to build that relationship that you aren’t currently doing.  If you want to make more money, you’ll have to take risks and work more.

If you want to be happier, healthier, wealthier, wiser – whatever it is, you will have to spend comfort to get those things.  You may be starting or ending habits, starting or ending relationships, changing locations, working harder – whatever it is, the one guaranteed price of anything important in your life you want to acquire is comfort.

This is the case organizationally as well.  If an organization wants more money, more productivity, better morale, whatever it is – comfort has to be spent to acquire those things.

Like most areas in life, this is an area where movies have greatly misled us.  In the movies, these things sort of happen to you.  The big recording executive shows up in the bar where you’re playing.  Julia Roberts walks into your bookstore.  It turns out your biological parents were wizards.  Although there are counter-examples, a rather large number of our stories revolve around amazing things happening in someone’s life without them having to lift a finger.

While this can occasionally happen, it certainly isn’t typical or the default.  And yet, how much more attractive it is to hope in that than to actually spend comfort.  People want more money, so they play the lottery.  Guys complain about not meeting women, then never leave their house.  Nobody wants to have 36 hour coding marathons, but everyone wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

It isn’t just about working hard; it’s about spending comfort.  It’s about potentially ditching things that keep you comfortable and engaging in things that make you decidedly uncomfortable.  Anything significant in your life is purchased with comfort.  And just like any other currency, you can choose to collect and hoard it; just don’t expect to receive any of the things that currency can buy.

He stepped on his dreams so many times and wore out the path
He needed to take to find the life he thought would just happen to him
Like the changing of a season

Huffamoose, “James”

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