Gary Varnell | Are you in pain or avoiding pain?
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Are you in pain or avoiding pain?

28 Sep Are you in pain or avoiding pain?

This weekend I strained my lower back and was unable to sleep, unable to exercise. I couldn’t even stand up straight. It made me think how most of us are very careful in life to avoid pain whether it is physical or mental.   By living life this way, we miss out on opportunities and the possibility of great successes.

A few years ago, I attended a training on success principles. The speaker put up this acronym on the white board “POOR.” As he was continuing to speak, he put words to the acronym “passing over opportunities regularly.” Most people don’t reach their full potential in life because of this very thing. The reason people pass over opportunities is from fear or pain of failure. So most people remain right where they are in life. One of my mentors, Jim Rohn, said the following “There are two types of pain you will go through in life – the pain of discipline and of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

Most of us out there are avoiding failure. Most of us are avoiding the pain of discipline. My charge to you today is to crystalize your goals and dreams. Take one small step each day towards your goals. The compounding effect of small steps over time and discipline will allow you to live the life of success you deserve. Take a calculated risk! Go out and make it happen and avoid that pain of regret.

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