In order to go to new levels of achievement and success, we have to be willing to go through some challenges and obstacles.
Along the way, it’s very likely we’ll experience some type of pain. While there may be emotional, physical and mental pain, there are two other types of pain referred to here if we’re serious about living up to our potential.
I once read that there are only two types of pain in life — the pain of regret and the pain of discipline. The pain of discipline weighs ounces whereas the pain of regret weighs tons.
Pain is a physical sensation we experience when something is not going right. Its main purpose is to give us an immediate warning that we have to make a correction somewhere.
If we ignore the pain, chances are it’ll get worse, maybe not straight away, but certainly over time. From that perspective, we can view pain as an opportunity to make changes.
The pain of discipline is more of a commitment issue rather than an actual pain. Consider professional athletes, say Olympians, who sacrifice so much for years, only to get their opportunity every four years. In order to be best prepared, they have to put in long hours of training and practice over many years leading up to their event.