I have experienced a lot of it lately. The pain in my shoulder and from migraines got me popping pain killers and wincing like a child. I don’t like it. I especially don’t like how it slows me down, holding me back from doing everything i have to do. Unfortunately, pain is part of the game. If you want to up your fitness you will at some point have to face it.
I have learnt in 3 years that pain is a reality but also means different things and you must be discerning enough to interpret and respond right. Now there is pain that says ‘hollup’ you are doing it wrong, when hollup shows up you don’t give up you adjust.
Then there is pain that says ‘backup’ you are pushing too hard, oh i am so familiar with backup and when she shows up you better chill.
There is pain that says ‘keep it up’ this pain you wear with pride, it means you are changing gears and getting stronger.
And there is the pain that says ‘rest up’ don’t fight it just humble yourself before injury humbles you.
it is the same in business. I have experience pain in my business life too and like in fitness, it’s inevitable. I am sensitive too to what the pain is saying.
Sometimes the pain says you need to fire a good hand to hire a better one, sometimes it’s saying you need to back off and delegate more, once it said ‘you are getting stale you need to reinvent yourself’ and yes many times i learn from pain that it’s okay for me to take a break.
Just like i need to work rest days and recovery days into my fitness program to make me a stronger runner, i have learnt i need to take care of me more to be a better entrepreneur. It’s a hard lesson for one so driven and self motivated but the pain is humbling and as i nurse a sprained shoulder….i admit i am still learning this life lesson.