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The Fear Of Pain

The Fear Of Pain

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“The secret of success is learning how to use pain & pleasure instead of pain & pleasure using you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”

– Tony Robbins.

Everything each of us humans do, we do either out of our need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure. Think about it…I wouldn’t want to jump out of a plane as that would bring me pain, however I get out for a surf as this brings me pleasure – this is pretty general. Lets go a bit deeper. Someone might go out of their way to avoid having conversation with someone, as this would cause possible stress, overwhelming emotions – pain. Someone might put off working out or becoming healthy as they associate this with pain. It is more pleasurable to eat that chocolate than it is to go for that run – the desire to avoid the pain of weight gain is out weighed by the pleasure of eating the chocolate.

So how can we turn this around? We need to pick out the things that we enjoy about exercise and healthy eating – the feelings that you get after you workout, the less bloated you are when you eat more veggies, the conversations that you have when you go on walks with your friends, the strength that your gaining, the better night sleep your having. If you start to associate exercising and eating healthy with these things (pleasure) instead of it’s hard, I sweat to much, I don’t like salads, I’ve failed in the past (pain), then we can take a step in the right direction to better health.

Identify what it is that causes you pain and what causes you pleasure. Once you can make more and more positive associations with exercise and eating healthy, you will make the journey more enjoyable and you will start to make a lifelong commitment to your health.

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