That was a quote from leadership consultant Sam Chand. We were speaking together at a conference in Florida recently and when it said it, I realized exactly what he meant. Think of workouts or losing weight – you’ll only exercise as much as the amount of pain you can take. It’s no different in leadership, art, creativity, ministry, sports, or business. To get to the next level, you have to experience pain. Growth is uncomfortable, and unless you’re willing to stretch, explore uncharted territory, and risk failure, you won’t go very far.
How about you? What’s your level of pain? How much can you tolerate? Is that’s what’s keeping you from writing your book, making your film, or starting that company or nonprofit organization you’ve been dreaming about?
Refusal to experience pain is what often keeps people stuck in dead end jobs. It’s what keeps married couples from communicating with intimacy and honesty. It’s what holds back our potential.
You’ll only grow as far as the amount of pain you can tolerate.
How much pain can you take? Maybe it’s time to push your limits.