The Positive Pain Of Growth

Most people have heard the phrase “growing pains.” It’s an interesting concept. Just about everyone wants to grow – professionally, health-related, in relationships, and in other ways. But pain… that’s not so attractive.

The truth is that if we are going to grow in any area of life, we will experience pain. It’s a simple fact.

There are many types of pain. Of course physical pain can be part of growth – just ask a teething baby, or anyone who works out at a gym or trains for a marathon. There’s also the emotional pain we feel when we’re just not understanding something, or the psychological pain of moving out of our comfort zones.

I can’t put money in the bank, lose a pound, or improve a friendship without denying myself of my own desires once in awhile. Ouch! In order to master a new skill or overcome a challenging obstacle, I’m going to have to invest time, study, practice, fail, fall down, and maybe even embarrass myself. Ouch again!

The good news is that on the other side of that pain is the growth. Eventually, I’ll gain that ability, become more adept in that situation, have more knowledge of that topic, etc.

Think of any of your goals. That goal will not be accomplished without some form of pain. The degree to which you’re willing to endure the discomfort will largely determine whether or not you’ll achieve the goal.

If you truly commit to professional and/or personal development, you’re going to have some unpleasant moments. You’ll have to venture outside that place that feels safe and there you will encounter the proverbial growing pains. The results will be worth it.

Steve Fales
AdServices Inc.

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  1. Author/psychiatrist M. Scott Peck viewed the avoidance of psychological pain as the biggest impediment to personal and spiritual growth. In “The Road Less Traveled” Peck contended that “when we desire to encourage the growth of the human spirit, we challenge and encourage the human capacity to solve problems.” Peck’s conclusion: It is only by experiencing the legitimate pain of confronting and resolving problems that we grow.

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