I’m not a fan of Tony Robbins, but there is a lot of truth to this quote:
“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”
– Tony Robbins
The challenge is that pain isn’t usually constant. It ebbs and flows. Your situation may feel unbearable today and manageable three months from now.
It’s one of the reasons people struggle to achieve their fitness goals. You know how it goes. Something prompts you to change your diet and exercise more. You find yourself out of breath after climbing a set of stairs, or you get a warning from your doctor during your annual check-up.
Whatever it is, it motivates you to change.
It only takes a few weeks to start feeling better. Your clothes are fitting looser, your stomach feels tighter, and you can easily make it up the stairs.
You’re nowhere close to your goal, but you feel more comfortable, so you let things slide. Staying the same doesn’t feel as painful as the clean eating and exercise, and you fall back to where you started.
It took me four years to leave my 9-5.
And there were many times when it felt easier to maintain the status quo. My work situation improved. My salary increased significantly during COVID. I was even offered a permanent work-from-home position.
As things got comfortable, I had to remind myself that the pain of change was worth it and that I would regret it if I gave up.
How are you feeling about the changes you want to make in your own life? Does it feel too painful? Or are you willing to do whatever it takes?
What will you do when you feel like giving up?