I hear many people complain about pain but they do not want to take action on dissolving that pain.
The two places we are most likely to take action are when we are really close to our goal (we are motivated by success) or when we are in a lot of pain (we want it to stop).
The place we don’t take action is when we are in what I call the “tolerable middle”. Things are bad, but manageable. Life isn’t perfect, but it could be a lot worse.
You might be saying this to yourself:
“I am very busy at the moment and I don’t have time to practice, so I feel stressed out.”
Things in your life are not bad enough for you to take action. I’m guessing things are bad. I’m guessing that stress is impacting your health. I’m guessing you are not living the life you want to live and that your goals feel just out of reach.
But it isn’t bad enough to motivate you to take action.
Do you Need To Be In More Pain?
Pain isn’t fun but it serves as a motivator to take action. When my ankle hurts after I sprain it, the pain tells my body to stop walking on it so that it can heal. When my hand hurts from touching a hot stove, the action my body wants me to take is to move it away immediately.
Simply put, there are things in your life that you want to change but you aren’t in enough pain to spur you into action.
Being in a little more pain might be helpful.
The truth is that the pain I am talking about is already in your life, it’s just that you have done a good job of ignoring it. It’s bubbling beneath surface, calling out for you to have a better life.
I am going to show you a little exercise to help you to take action by finding your way to the pain.
I want you to think about something you want to change in your life. It could be anything… health, relationships, job, income, or any other issue.
Write down the answers to the following questions on a piece of paper while thinking of that thing you want to change:
- What are the 5 worst things about not making the change and staying where you are right now?
- What are the 5 biggest things it is costing you not to change this?
- What are the 5 best things you are missing out on by not changing this?
Yes, those are scary questions.
Yes, they will make you feel a little (or a lot) worse. But that is their purpose. You need to be in a bit more pain or you won’t take action.
Take Action: What action are you going to take care of your pain?
You can try Tapping, Meditation, Qigong, or any other type of healing modality that suites your needs.
Name ONE action step you are going to take right now in the comment box.