Each of us must experience one of two pains – the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Which pain will you choose? Robin Crow
Everything we do is a choice. Either we proactively act or the absence of our actions chooses for us. We want so many things. We act only on a few of them. We think we are lucky and we are. Mostly because we have choices. 🙂 More often than not the luck of great fortune does not drive up to our door, ring the doorbell and present itself on a silver platter. We also want conflicting things. Things which counteract each other. Things that are polar opposites.
A few examples of things I hear every week:
WANT DON'T WANT
Fast track to the top No overtime or weekend work
Learn more No more formal education
Entreprenuerial opportunities Security of employment
Not stuck behind a desk Hate networking
Wants a mentor No time to mentor others
New adventure Stability
I have hundreds of these pairs. I try not to laugh or make a face when I hear them. I really think I could be at the final table of the World Series of Poker. Funny thing, the people saying these oxymorinic aspirations can't hear the grinding of the goals that are slowing them down if not derailing their progress. They do not realize that they maintain this career dissonance to forestall decisions. Young and old use these competing weights to wittingly or unwittingly hold themselves back.
My absolute favorite: Start-up with a retirement plan. 🙂
I call this the barbellion syndrome. Heavy weighted goals at either end of a spectrum that make progress overwhelming. They get stuck in their indecisiveness, ambivalence and lack of clarity.
We have the capacity to make every decision complex. We play what if scenarios, imagine disasters that await, or accumulate excuses to immobilize ourselves. A pervasive form of self-sabotage. In the end we do nothing.
Until we embrace what we really want, who we really are–we reside in the comfort of "going with the flow." Life happens to us.
Every choice has risk. The more you embrace the risk associated with what you want the sooner you will act. Otherwise live with the regrets and for all of our sake, don't talk about it!
Look you can achieve many things in your life. You can design and engineer a career that is customized around your needs. You can reach out to others who have done it before and they can show you the ropes and the paths. It is so much easier to lift the weights with others.
There is no gain without pain. The pain of discipline. And the pleasure of defining who you are. The pleasure of minimizing regrets. Because the pain of regret is so much greater.
Then you will see why helping others lift their weights and avoid the barbellion syndrome of inaction, of worrying, and of letting life pass them by–will help you.
Defining what you want will give purpose to the weight and pain of the path you choose. But you must choose.
Thanks for reading. John