#146: Must Hurt Enough
I no longer need to motivate, inspire or direct myself
A pain must exert enough pressure so that I cannot ignore it. If the pain is not strong enough, it will remain to be easier for me to overlook it. If the pain is too great, I might break. Only the pain that is unbearable while not being lethal will overcome the natural inertia and lead me to solve the problem. I only stand up to get food when I’m really hungry. I run the fastest when I am running away from a dog.
Seems like everyone knows this. Yet, how many of us understand this principle deeply enough to design a life we want? Because when I learn to engineer strategic exertion of specific pains in specific areas of my life, I will be able to access my primal energy. In order to get myself to do something, I no longer need to motivate, inspire or direct myself. The most effective way to make myself act is to make it hurt enough so that I can’t help but act.