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Either the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret – Your Choice

Either the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret – Your Choice

In life we are always tested and challenged. Nothing ever goes smoothly all the time. Going after your goals is hard. Ironically, so is living a life of mediocrity, just going through the motions, and chasing short-term highs with no purpose or reason for doing what you do. A famous quote by the legendary life coach Jim Rohn is, “in life you’ll suffer from 1 of 2 pains, either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” He goes on to say “the pain of discipline weighs ounces while the pain pf regret weighs tons!” In this article, I’ll give some examples that provides a deeper understanding of the message with hopes that you don’t shy away from reaching your goals because it’ll be hard.

Pain of Discipline – Eating Right and Exercising – Everyday people are bombarded with commercials showcasing all the new restaurants, desserts, alcohol, pretty much every unhealthy thing to eat that’s out there. These ads showcase the people consuming these things to be having the time of their lives. Great marketing. When it comes to diet and exercise many people struggle with it. They have a hard time saying no to the bad foods when everyone around them is eating them. They have a hard time cutting the TV off so they can go to the gym. They have a hard time pushing through when the results are beginning to slow down. When becoming healthier there are sacrifices that will be made. It’ll be hard but it will be nothing in comparison to if you don’t do these things.

Pain of Regret – Not Eating Right and Exercising – Eating that chocolate cake, the pizza, drinking on the weekend, sounds really good right? Who doesn’t enjoy a fresh slice of deep dish pizza? I know I do. Who would rather get that extra hour of sleep, instead of going to the gym? Many people would, I know I would enjoy an extra hour of sleep in the morning. All of these short-term pleasures and conveniences will set you up for some long term pain. A client of mine runs 2 hospitals. He tells me he consistently sees people get told by the doctor that they don’t have much time to live. He says all the patients are devasted and say they’ll do anything to get better. The problem is it’s too late. These people sacrificed their life for short term pleasures. He said if you asked all these people if they could go back and do better, would they? As you can imagine they all say yes. The pain of regret is much worse than saying no to beer every night. The pain of regret is much worse than limiting the sweets to one high carb day a week. The pain of regret is much worse than the hour a day of intense exercise. The problem is most people don’t see this until it’s too late.

Put yourself in the future. Ask yourself if I continue with the same path that I’m on, what will my quality of life be like? Are you heading down a path of medication? Will you be able to run around with your kids? Will you have the energy to enjoy life? Be honest with yourself and reverse engineer the situation. For many people, this should scare them and motivate them to make changes.

When you put yourself through the pain of discipline, it will be a daily grind. It will be hard to say no to certain foods. It will be hard to stick to the diet when people around you are eating whatever they want. The good news is, the rewards make it worth it. Not only that, you will get to have your moments of cheat meals, time off from the gym (on vacation for example), and your occasional party without having to suffer from setbacks. You have to do what you have to do to get to that point where you can do what you want to do (in moderation). Don’t be one of those people who gets to the end of the road, looks back and wishes they’ve done better. Don’t wait for the doctor to tell you bad news before you take control of your health. Do something about it right now.

James Carter


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