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Dec 29

True success through failure

Today was the first day I woke up where I was not in pain! For over a week now every morning as I try to get out of bed I can hardly move my arms and legs. Just trying to get dressed was a challenge! What used to be easy tasks were now difficult and painful. It started a couple of weeks ago when I decided it was time to get back into shape and start working out!

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Why would anyone purposely endure pain that was not necessary and not comfortable? It is the only way to grow!

I have been able to spend the last couple of weeks with leadership expert Orrin Woodward.  Orrin’s approach to life in all categories is the same, no pain no gain. He has taught me so many principles over the last couple of weeks about stretching yourself, enduring pain, and discomfort to grow. The only time you will grow is if you push yourself past the normal, past your comfort into the unknown, uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Just like a muscle, if it is only used in the capacity that it can handle it never has to grow, but push past its normal usage all the way to failure the body responds by building more muscle to handle the future demand.

In leadership if you are not uncomfortable you are not growing and if you are not growing, you are no longer leading.  So many people avoid pain for happiness and comfort, when only by enduring pain (failure) can you get true happiness, comfort and purpose. A leader is always out front pushing themselves to failure so they can rebuild and become better.

We worked out multiple muscle groups and took them all to failure one at a time. There was a point where I was screaming trying to lift just 10 lbs but could not do it, failure! Next my legs, doing squats got to the point where I pushed with all my strength and yet the weights pushed me backwards, failure! Then my back, working to the point I could hardly set the weights down let alone lift another set, FAILURE!

After a day of failure in every area of my body, I left the weight room a CHAMPION, for I now know, only through failure will I grow!

God bless, Dan Hawkins

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  1. Kristen Seidl

    WOW! Awesome post Dan! I was reminiscing on those days of daily physical pain associated with working out and playing sports as I was reading, not being able to move and crawling up stairs because your legs feel so heavy you can’t lift them… because of that discipline it allows us to appreciate the pain associated with excellence in all areas of out life… including building the LIFE business. It’s an addictive feeling (from a positive perspective) because it’s proof that failure and pain truly does lead to success. I can imagine working out with Orrin is definitely a fun and productive time! Thanks for sharing your experiences :)

  2. FoodForTheBrokenhearted

    Sure needed to read this today!!! We had plans to join a gym this weekend. This post will have to be printed out, and placed everywhere in our home to remind us to Fail Forward!! :) THANK YOU!

  3. Mike and Emily

    Great Blog Dan, and what a great time for this message with some folks out there really in the struggle of all the 8Fs. Your message is such a great reminder that all struggles have a purpose and its our job as leaders in this journey to show that purpose! Thanks!
    Mike and Emily

  4. Blaine R Terrill

    Another area I must act on! Discipline in theory is ineffective. I must take action to be physically and mentally well. Thanks for challenging me by your example, Dan!

  5. Kyle Berg

    I loved this post Dan!!! You gotta love the feeling knowing your pushing past what you thought was a limit and hitting a new level in grow and achievement. The great thing is this principle can be applied in all area’s of LIFE. Keep the great blog’s coming I really enjoy reading them. Thank you!

  6. Jen Ulrich

    Confession: When I first started reading this entry, I thought you were going to say that you were sore from all of the water sports fun you’ve been having in FL, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue reading. I should have known better :) (Although, it IS a warm 30 degrees here tonight in MN, so I shouldn’t really complain anyway!) ;)

    Truthfully, though, I remember Orrin’s talk from last April’s Major (?) about his son working towards doing 50 push-ups. When you let your mind get in your way, you’ll never get stronger. Only when you work past the point of pain do you get stronger. It’s something I need to be reminded of daily; thanks for being that reminder today!

  7. steveleurquin1

    Pushing past the pain! That principle seems to work in multiple areas of the 8Fs. Thanks for the example.
    Steve Leurquin

  8. volcangirl

    Pain happens it seems no matter what amount of physical routine you have. I have found
    that I have pain if i don’t work out or I have pain because I am making my muscles work
    harder. Maybe part of that is as you age you have to work at making the body push forward and
    you manage the pain to be gain not something that takes over your body to diminish it. I
    enjoy swimming and it is a way for me to unwind in a totally different element. IT is a pleasure
    and good for my heart. I feel better emotionally when I excercise. Thanks for your post Dan.

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