You can't always work through pain, but you can work through a plan!
When I was about 18-19 years old, I was diagnosed with a joint issue called gout. For those unaware of what this is, its a form of arthritis. I won't bore you with the medical details but imagine smashing a glass bottle into tiny little pieces and then putting those pieces into your sock or shoe and walking around. That's what it feel like, very uncomfortable and painful when it surfaces, and unfortunately when you get it, you tend to have it for the rest of your life.
Now I've been stubborn enough to work through this pain, but over the years I think its done more harm than good. Fortunately for me, I have a loving and caring wife who continues to push me towards looking after it properly and ensuring i see a doctor regularly about it.
Now as cliche' as this sounds, a simple plan is better than no plan
Which brings me to my point of this blog, which is success often requires sacrifices and with sacrifices often leads to some form of pain whether that's emotionally, mentally, financially, physically or in most cases all of the above.
Think about it like this, when you first decide that you want to lose weight and use the gym or running as a form to reach those goals, often the first few work outs hurt like hell. You're often in pain because your body isn't used to this new activity, and often your mind follows suit when it begins to tell you that it's tired, or its too hard, or its too early to get up. The consequences of that goal are physical and emotional.
Or how about when you figure out what you want to do in life, it could mean giving up stability in your current environment, for example having to leave a well paying job in order to do something that you are passionate about, that may not pay anything to start off with, let alone guarantee you'll ever get paid for it. The consequence there are financially right?
The point here is, success requires pain. The pain comes in all shapes and sizes, and can affect all sorts of things from those closest to you right through to your health.
The key here is to ensure you have a plan. Now as cliche' as this sounds, a simple plan is better than no plan, and when it comes to suffering pain as a result of success the best way to ensure you succeed is to plan and manage that pain.
Much like me suffering gout, if I didn't change what I was currently consuming and better plan how I ate, drank or exercised I may have had more gout attacks, but because I had a plan and was aware of the pain that gout caused me, it meant that my plan could eliminate or reduce the amount of gout attacks I had. In other words it meant I could control the severity of the attacks rather than eliminate it altogether.
Similarly to losing weight, if you are aware that the first few days are considered to be the worst of the physical pain and you have a plan to control that pain, i.e. have significant rest days, or reduce the intensity of the second round of workouts, you are less likely to give up.
Much like gout, personal success is a often a forever thing. Therefore, the more you plan the path of your success, the better control you have of it. This includes being better prepared when failures and disappointments arise, or when natural setbacks occur.
Your plan isn't so much the answer to your pain, rather a map and guiding direction to keep you focused and on track.
So, to wrap up we can't always work through pain, but we can use a plan to help you manage your pain.
Till next week,