Using Pain To Change Your Life

Building Out
6 min readMay 24, 2022
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Are you tired of feeling stagnant in your life? Are you ready for a change but don’t know how to go about it? If so, then this blog post is for you. In today’s post, we will be discussing how to use pain to change your life. Many people view pain as negative, but it can be a powerful tool for growth. We will provide tips on making the most of pain and turning it into an opportunity for positive change. So read on to learn more!

In his book ‘You Can’t Hurt Me’ David Goggins describes his story of the stress and suffering of childhood and the pain he felt regularly. In trying to run away from it, he discovered exercise and instead of avoiding pain, he embraced it. As a result, he developed control of his emotions and body, qualified as a Navy Seal, an Ultrarunner, and then a motivational speaker. Here are some of the key lessons from this book.

Goggins suffered from chronic pain in childhood and was overwhelmed by it

No one likes to feel pain, emotional or otherwise. So when we experience emotional pain, it can be tempting to avoid it at all costs. However, as David Goggins knows all too well, sometimes emotional pain is impossible to avoid.

Goggins grew up suffering from emotional pain caused by his father’s violence. As a result, he was always on the lookout for ways to avoid experiencing that pain again. He would go to great lengths to distract himself and numb himself to his feelings. Unfortunately, this approach often involved overeating and gaining comfort from that. This comfort was an obvious way many of us use to blunt emotional difficulties.

However, Goggins eventually realized that he couldn’t keep running from his emotional pain forever. He realized that if he wanted to truly heal, he needed to face his pain head-on. It was a hard road, and slowly but surely, Goggins began to heal the emotional wounds of his childhood.

His inability to deal with pain signals led to fear and disappointment

His inability to deal with pain led to fear, and disappointment in being overweight and stuck where he was. When he was younger, he was always the biggest kid in his class. He was never quite sure why, but he always assumed it had…

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