Jeremy Bentham and Tony Robbins both use the Pleasure/Pain principle of motivation.
I’ve had a VERY stressful New Year but my business is better for it – New training plans. New information gathered with which to provide a better service. New recipes on my website. Client training software updated. Building work in the fitness studio. All very stressful!!
Yes stress = pain but the greater pain comes from not being where I want to be. I’ve found through experience that there are two kinds of people in the world – neither one is better than the other but they both want different things out of life.
1, The pleasure of Eastenders and the pain of a bit of stress outweighs the pleasure of progress and the pain of underachievement.
2, The pleasure of achievement and the pain of being busy and juggling many tasks outweighs the pleasure of relaxing and the pain of underachievement.
Jim Rohn puts it wonderfully:
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tonnes”.
I spent the first half of my working life full of regrets and the latter half making sure I left them behind. Let the future pull you and the past push you towards greater things.