At this current moment, I hate the unfamiliar. I'm sitting in the bedroom of my new place and I hate it. I'm scared, nervous, I don't know where the lights are, the oven was making this weird sound earlier, and my roommate is out of town.
Usually I embrace change—this time my stomach hurts. I'm sleepy but can't sleep. My emotions are punishing me for not staying in place. My brain is sending waves of discomfort down my nervous system for making it work harder. I want my Mommy. I want to cry. I want to be 12 and watching a Cubs games and be comforted by the slow flicker of lightning bugs as the innocuous Midwestern night covers me like an accepting blanket.
I'm in short-term discomfort.
But I'm going to get on the light rail tomorrow and go rent space at a cooperative workspace in downtown Phoenix. I'll put the finishing touches on the 6-week course that I have to present to a Boys and Girls Club person on Wednesday. Then I'm going to Think Spot (a studio in the back of a library) to record a video.
This will net long-term gain.
The battle between short term comfort and and long-term gain is one of life's universal challenges every human being faces. If you only do short term pleasure activities, that's all you get. If you set long-term goals—lots of painful change in the short-term.
Self-improvement gurus says, "avoid short-term tension relieving and focus more on long-term goal achieving." Sure, it sounds great. But it's uncomfortable. Why? Because of our brains. Our brains want us to stay in place so they don't have to work as hard, but once our brains push past that initial laziness, BOOM! They start to work for us.