So yesterday I went on my usual Sunday walk/run and I surprised myself! A few years ago, I hurt my knee and had a nagging pain there. The pain was still there mainly because I wasn’t consistently doing the work outs my physical therapist told me to do (haha) but at the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine I decided I was going to walk consistently and see what happens. Well, pain is what happened! When I started walking consistently everything hurt. But today. Today I surprised myself. I ran. I ran a lot! AND IT DIDN’T HURT!
I realized then that I was literally exercising the Law of Pain and the Law of Consistency and reaping its benefits! Those two laws discuss how pain is a part of life and it’s up to you how it’s used and that even though boring consistency is what causes you to win.
Pain. We all go through not so desirable things in life but it’s not the pain that defines what happens afterwards. It’s how we decide to use that pain. Family therapist Virginia Satir once said “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” I could have decided to give up walking at the first sign of pain, citing that old injury and resigning myself to having this nagging pain for the rest of my life but I decided to work through it! And working through it showed me just how strong I am. Now, I’m not out of the woods yet! Sometimes there is still pain and then I just know I need to do a few more stretches or foam roll or take a break for a few days but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop! Now that I know I can I’m going to keep pushing and see just how far I can really run!
And then Consistency. You know one of the adjectives people always describe me with is “consistent.” Sigh. Boring right? Haha! John Maxwell said the same thing in his chapter on the Law of Consistency. This law isn’t sexy. It isn’t the thing people think about when they see superstar athletes or multi-millionaire business people but I bet you that was one of the traits that got them that status! John Maxwell said “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” This discipline is what will make anything grow. Me, walking when it was too cold (because strangely enough there were some weirdly cold days in May this year); me, still working out and doing something even when I didn’t feel like it – that is what allowed me to run and gave me strength I didn’t know I had.
So, today guys- I encourage you. Push past the pain, start working consistently at that thing (you know the thing) and see what happens!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
What goal do you need to push past pain and get consistent in? Mine will be in consistently writing this blog and putting out content on my Instagram! Let’s see what can be done with a little consistency and a little push.