There is an expression “NO PAIN, NO GAIN”. We have all heard it. Most likely in the same place – the gym! I was always irritated and annoyed by this expression for many different reasons. As a yogini it seemed to go against all that I knew. Surly if something hurts you it must not be good for you. But more recently two things happened that led to me experiencing a big shift in terms of understanding this idea better, I realized that there is a different way to look at pain.
This year all the results I saw all came from hard work that was consistently delivered. The work we had done was not easy and sometimes it was painful – like waking up at 6AM for my 7AM Crossfit class. But once I started to see ‘pain’ differently I was able to smile through it!
The first one happened during my Qigong class. My teacher, Chris told the class to start smiling as soon as anything started to feel painful or uncomfortable. He said that smiling would send a ‘happy signal’ to the brain, thus sending a happy signal to the rest of body. Chris explained to us that pain is a sensation and we have a choice in how we define it – we can choose to think it is painful and bad, OR that is it challenging and good.
The second eye-opening experience happened while talking to my client Jason about his seminar “More stress please”. In this seminar Jason explains that by looking at stress through a different prism can change peoples relationship with stress. It helps them understand that some stress is necessary and good.
So first up, thank you Jason and Chris for teaching me something new!
We all know that results (GAIN) can only come from hard work (PAIN). If we know that there is only one route to results then why approach it with fear? Why no instead revise our definition of pain?
(Hard work+consistency) x define pain/hard work as a positive sensation = GREAT RESULTS