"Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming oppositions- such as lifting weights- we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity." - Steven Covey
At the root of human behavior lies what is called the “pain and pleasure principle. Many, if not all our choices are guided by the decision to either avoid pain or gain pleasure. Jim Rohn, one of my favorite mentors on personal development had an interesting way of looking at the pain and pleasure paradigm. Jim felt that we all must experience pain on some level. He asserted that in any situation, we have a choice. He said, "We can choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline weighs ounces, the pain of regret weighs a ton.”
For example, if you are trying to lose weight you can choose the pain of discipline for yourself and make decisions like eating healthy foods and committing to working out consistently. ...
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