Pain is an opinion on the organism’s state of health rather than a mere reflective response to an injury. There is no direct hotline from pain receptors to ‘pain centers’ in the brain. There is so much interaction between different brain centers, like those concerned with vision and touch, that even the mere visual appearance of an opening fist can actually feed all the way back into the patient’s motor and touch pathways, allowing him to feel the fist opening, thereby killing an illusory pain in a nonexistent hand.
~ Phantoms in the brain, by VS Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
Imagine that you are taking a really cold shower in the winter. If you are not used to cold showers, you will feel pain.
You will also feel pain if some shampoo gets to your eyes.
However, it’s important to distinguish between the two pains.
One is critical for me to save my eye. If I don’t wash off the corrosive element from my eye, it can damage the tissues in the sensitive organ and impair my ability to see.
On the other hand, cold showers improve my immunity, are refreshing and leads to secretion of lots of good hormones in the body just like a work out does. I have come to love cold showers and they are one reason I look forward to winters.
Pain is nature’s way of telling us to be careful, to investigate what is causing the pain.
However, the things that cause growth in us often require us to go through pain. Ability to handle pain is often the difference between an adult and a child.
Anyone who has worked out at the gym knows that unless you push your body beyond what is comfortable, there would be no benefits. No pain, no gain, is a saying that’s written on every gym wall, and there is a reason for that.
Most people stop the hard work when it pains.
The truly great realises that the real work has just began when pain began.
Here is what Muhammad Ali, the great boxer said:
“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.”
What’s the equivalent of that in personal growth? What’s the equivalent in entrepreneurship or lawyering?
Do you say I don’t have time to learn more, do more or deliver more?
Do you say that your life is already too hard and you couldn’t make the tough choices any more?
Do you think you have already reached the limit of what is possible for you or what you will ever do?
Do you think you are in too much pain because life has been throwing shit at your lately?
Do you think you can’t do the right thing any more?
Welcome to the zone of pain, brother, because this is where the real work begins. What you did upto this point didn’t count, but what you do now will count.
Here are some courses I want you to check out, where we work hard and push past the barriers every day:
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