Pain And Reflection Defines Progress

There is no avoiding pain, especially if you’re going after ambitious goals. Believe it or not, you are lucky to feel that kind of pain if you approach it correctly, because it is a signal that you need to find solutions so you can progress.

Most people have a tough time reflecting when they are in pain and they pay attention to other things when the pain passes, so they miss out on the reflections that provide the lessons. If you reflect well while in pain, great. But if you can remember to reflect after it passes, that’s valuable too.

The challenges you face will test and strengthen you. If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits, and if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximizing your potential. Though this process of pushing your limits, of sometimes failing and sometimes breaking through – and deriving benefits from both your failures and your successes – is not for everyone, if it is for you, it can be so thrilling that it becomes addictive. Live will inevitably bring such moments, and it’ll be up to you to decide whether you want to go back for more.

If you choose to push through this often painful process of personal evolution, you will naturally ‘ascend’ to higher and higher levels. As you climb above the blizzard of things that surround you, you will realize that they seem bigger than they really are when you are seeing them up close; that most things in life are just “another one of those”. The higher you ascend, the more effectively you become at working with reality to shape outcomes toward your goals. What once seemed impossibly complex becomes simple.

If you don’t let up on yourself and instead become comfortable always operating with some level of pain, you will evolve at a faster pace. That’s just the way it is.

Most people have a tough time reflecting when they are in pain and they pay attention to other things when the pain passes, so they miss out on the reflections that provide the lessons. If you reflect well while in pain, great. But if you can remember to reflect after it passes, that’s valuable too.

The challenges you face will test and strengthen you. If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits, and if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximizing your potential. Though this process of pushing your limits, of sometimes failing and sometimes breaking through – and deriving benefits from both your failures and your successes – is not for everyone, if it is for you, it can be so thrilling that it becomes addictive. Live will inevitably bring such moments, and it’ll be up to you to decide whether you want to go back for more.

If you choose to push through this often painful process of personal evolution, you will naturally ‘ascend’ to higher and higher levels. As you climb above the blizzard of things that surround you, you will realize that they seem bigger than they really are when you are seeing them up close; that most things in life are just “another one of those”. The higher you ascend, the more effectively you become at working with reality to shape outcomes toward your goals. What once seemed impossibly complex becomes simple.

If you don’t let up on yourself and instead become comfortable always operating with some level of pain, you will evolve at a faster pace. That’s just the way it is.

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