This week I read an article about Tim Ferriss, author of 4-Hour Work Week among other best sellers. Ferriss can be a polarizing figure but one thing I took away was a statement he made, that in essence, from a young age he has associated pain with an opportunity for growth and to get better in whatever area he’s seeking to improve in his life.
It reminded me that through the most difficult and painful moments of my life, after a period of time of reflection, stops and starts, bitching and moaning, and trying to figure out my next moves; I’ve grown leaps and bounds—much faster than when I’m super comfortable.
No, I’m not saying that I’m going to go intentionally seek out pain; but it wouldn’t be a bad idea if I sought out activities and endeavors that caused me to stretch myself—much like a muscle will tear little by little after a series of intense workouts.
Yes, it’s easier in hindsight to say, “I associated my pain with growth,” even though I know I didn’t do that at the time. But I can use the idea that pain can lead to growth to help ease my mental or physical anguish in the future when going through another inevitable difficult period of life.
Any opportunity to get better is a gift and one we have to cherish—even if that gift comes in a prickly package.