Idea #8: Your Pain, Your Gain

One Grand Adventure: East Race South Bend, IN

The path of least resistance. You’ve faced it down before and chosen that path. The easy way. The short cut. Easy Street has been called many names. I don’t think anyone can honestly admit that they’ve gone full tilt into adversity or challenge 100% every time it’s been presented. You’ve taken a short cut. That’s okay. What’s not? Leaving what you can learn on the table.

Your mind after all is designed to protect you from such things. Even though those moments are by far the ones that make us the best version of ourselves. I’m here to plead for this idea. Don’t choose the path of least resistance.

Even when it’s absolutely the worst, push through. Even if you don’t think you will become stronger from it, which you consistently will find you do become stronger for taking it on. You’re built to withstand a lot. You’re capable of so much more than you think. You just need to turn off the red flags your mind keeps throwing up in your face long enough to find out what your capability truly is. Everything has an end point, even our worst pain.

Let me illustrate with an example you can feel free to try. Even when I’ve absolutely ran into a brick wall, no win, a face plant, one of the best exercises I’ve learned to do after the dust settles is find three good things. Win or lose, when I write specifically three goods from any experience that’s really challenged me, it becomes a learning experience. 70% of our learning comes from our work in real time. Those three goods, even in a straight up loss, are game changers for the next main event. Total loses can become total wins with three goods.

Today’s idea, idea #8 is simple. Find your baseline and push through it. Trick your mind out with a change in your perspective. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it. Afterwards, win or lose, what you write down, tells you what you were made of.

Surprise yourself. Find the best version of yourself you didn’t know was there. Then, do it again. Then do it again the next day. Build resilience, move forward an inch. Getting 1% better everyday, will make you at the end of the week 7% better than the previous week. A 1% advantage can multiply. It can exponentially grow when multiplied by x3!

I can not wait to hear your stories. Feel free to share. See you in the light on the other side of our struggle!

✌🏻 Shawn

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