Who’s idea was it that there must be pain? No one wants pain and struggle.
The spiritual teachers say to get into the ‘Zen’, go with the flow, and allow life. Yet, people that have accomplished great things have the ‘no pain no gain’ approach.
Who is correct?
You try the zen thing, and the money dries up so fast you have to sell your meditation cushion to buy lunch. You work hard, and feel burned out, stressed and know there’s more to life.
You want a balance. Work hard, play hard, take some time for rest, yet that may not feel balanced. There is a reason for that.
Can hard work and zen balance each other? Where does the ‘no pain no gain’ come into play?
Here’s an aha moment from Arnold. You may not expect to be able to relate to him at all, yet some of his success philosophies are surprisingly simple (I didn’t say easy) and inspirational.
A marathon runner friend insist I watch an old movie called “Pump it Up” , trailing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s early journey as a bodybuilder and how he kept winning Mr. Olympia. He narrated most of it and taught me two things:
1) There WILL be pain. Embrace it. Even the greats go through great pain, it is easy for NO ONE.
“Yes, I threw up in the gym, yes I fainted in the gym”, he said.
2) Smile. Enjoy it all, laugh, make jokes, all while you work the hell out of yourself.
Sounds simple? Perhaps. There is one missing key -
You can read this, hear this and say, yeah, yeah I know all that. Or you can do this:
Seek out the pain. If there is no pain there really, really is no gain. REALLY. And that’s OK. If while you work hard all you can think of is how you wish it would be easy, and can’t wait to run home to your aromatherapy candles and relax in front of the TV you did not experience the ACCEPTANCE and DESIRE of pain.
BE OK WITH THE PAIN. Don’t complain about it and wish it were not there, not a necessary ingredient to your success. Once you do, the zen moments to balance you are so sweet and nourishing.
And smile? You would be surprised at how many people forget this. Just look around you.
You think that when you’re closer to your goal you will smile and be happy, crack jokes, feel good about yourself among people. Smile today. It makes all the difference.
And you can still do the zen-go-with-the-flow thing. The trick is that you stop wishing the pain was not there. Once you embrace the pain necessary for your growth and dive into it, accept it and do the work you need to do, the spiritual stuff is so much sweeter.
Without the hard work, time, effort and necessary pain the zen flow becomes a stagnant river.
You can DO THIS NOW.
No matter where you are on your journey, you have the right and actually the obligation to smile and seek out joy as well as know that all great things come at great struggle and sacrifice.
I wish it were different. It isn’t.
Arnold is actually adorable in this movie. A young, inspired, happy 28 year old pushing his limits and then pushing them even more. His charm and hard work combined make him so attractive, you want to be like that.
What is it you want to do? Write? Study? Music? Numbers? Embrace these two concepts of NO PAIN NO GAIN and SMILE AND BE HAPPY and you will shock yourself into a painful, joyful state of feeling your body, your soul and your knowing that you are living on purpose.
That feels really good.
What are you desiring in your life right now? I would love to know how you will apply these two ideas.