Your 2 Great Pains In Life

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons.” ~ Jim Rohn

Following on my previous post on The 2 Great Teachers, there are also 2 great pains in life. One is SELF-DISCIPLINE, and the other is REGRET. Both pains are something we do not wish to experience and you’d want to avoid them if possible, but like the two great teachers, you have a choice to make. If you do not make a choice, the default pain which will be chosen for you is REGRET.

What are the differences between these two pains, and which is better for you and for me?


What is Self-Discipline?

SELF-DISCIPLINE requires daily, constant pushing of ourselves out of our comfort zones to become better, stronger and wiser. Consider a top athlete. He needs to train for hours daily, like a clockwork. He has to follow his schedule in his training with rest and recovery in between. He needs to eat a strict diet program designed for athletes. He needs to watch over his body and health consistently, more than ordinary people. He needs to be diligent in all these, for the slightest carelessness can disrupt his whole training and performance. SELF-DISCIPLINE requires the athlete to ‘suffer this pain’ daily.


What is Regret?

REGRET, on the other hand, doesn’t impose such strict restrictions on ourselves. It’s the ‘easier’ route of the two. Instant gratification is the way to go. The undisciplined athlete can choose when he feels like training, what he likes to eat at any time and live a free lifestyle. He doesn’t need to suffer REGRET daily, but only once and at a much later time. But that one time pain will be much greater than the total sum of all the pains of all SELF-DISCIPLINE put together.

SELF-DISCIPLINE is bearable and is usually rewarding at the end, but REGRET may be unbearable and often leaves us in shame and great irreversible sufferings. WISDOM will advise us to choose SELF-DISCIPLINE, but REGRET is the direct result of choosing CONSEQUENCES, and often time it’s too late for us to do anything about it.


What Would You Choose?

Don’t let yourself down by choosing what’s easy, but do what is better. Don’t just think of the immediate here and now, but the long-term. Look towards the horizon, see your destination and finishing line.

Celebrate what you can achieve and who you’ll become at the end. Don’t live in regrets.

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