Pain in the Process

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I hate being sore. When I wake the next day after a particularly intense workout, I usually have trouble moving without having all sorts of pain shoot through my body. Trying to be healthy and get in shape is hard. You have do things that you wouldn’t normally do, eat food you don’t really like, and often times go for long periods of time seeing little to no results. It can be painful and discouraging. Yet all of that is a necessary evil, because in time, you end up getting to where you wanted to be all along. Pain is part of the process.

The process for change in our life is never easy, whether it’s because we like to think there is nothing wrong with the way we are, or we have so many critics of ourselves, that we believe that there isn’t any hope. Theodore Rosevelt once said, “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” The truth is we can make change happen. No matter how hard it may seem or how painful the process, you can reach your goal, and be a better person. “But how can that be possible?” You may ask, well at least i hope you asked that, because I want to give you answer, three in fact:

1) You can make through the process by having your goal in mind.

Having a goal is important, it’s why organization create vision statements. They want to visualize what they want and where they want to be in the future, and it is no different fro you and me. Whether it’s something personal, physical, spiritual, whatever the case. If you have something you want to reach/accomplish, you need to define it first. So write it down: whats your goal, your vision for yourself? God realized the importance of this by giving us the Bible; He knew we would need something to go back to.

2) You can make through the process if you don’t do it alone.

No one has ever accomplished anything alone, no matter who you think of, there was people around them supporting them. Even athletes have teams of people supporting them, training with them, and pushing them to go the distance. One example, from my own life is when I was at the gym once with a friend, he was spotting me on the bench press. If I hadn’t had him there I knew I would have probably died (ok that’s probably a bit of exaggeration). Find a friend share your goals, and have someone to help push you further, and pick you up when you are down.

3) You can make it through the process with some celebration!

One of the mistakes I find that the human race often makes is focusing on the negative. All you have to do is look at the news and see all the bad news that seems to inundate it, with a few breaks of feel-good segments here and there. But even in our own personal lives, we often focus on our failures more than on what we do right. We NEED to celebrate. As we move forward, celebrate any victories we make along the way to our goals, even small ones. You lose a pound, celebrate (just not with cake), you hold your anger back, celebrate, you manage to get up early celebrate! Even if you down feel like. By celebrating we give ourselves motivation to keep moving forward.

There is obviously so much more involved in going through the processes of change in life, but this is just a better way to start. Maybe I’ll write on it more one day, but until then keep moving forward, you can do it!

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

2 Chronicles 15:7

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