Optician Success 48
“The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents — will you learn how to focus and move past boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction?” — Robert Greene
Nobody Likes To Feel Pain
Why would they? It hurts. Yet, Bill Bradley, the basketball player and former US Senator is right: “There has never been a great athlete who did not know what pain is.” That can be expanded: There has never been a great person who did not experience pain and did not learn from it.
So the next time you feel pain—whether it’s a broken arm or a bout of depression or the sting of a rude remark—say to yourself: I don’t like this, I wish it hadn’t happened but I am at least learning what pain is. I am exploring my tolerance for it. I am growing because of it.
The last thing you want to add to the equation is bitterness or blame or rage. “Anger always outlasts hurt,” is how Seneca puts it. It also distracts us from the opportunity. It also deprives us of the education we could have gotten in that moment.
-The Daily Stoic
“Life Is Pain, Highness”
Recently, pain exploration has been a recurring theme in my life. Not that I’m suffering in any horrible way or a masochist of some kind, but I have found an interest in the potential it holds for growth. From trying to teach my son the value of suffering as it applies to his athletic endeavors and how that translates to life; to researching the amazing things our bodies and minds are capable of, if we just stop trying to be so damn comfortable. It turns out our bodies aren’t built to sit all day and enjoy calorie-rich foods three (or more) times a day, in perfectly controlled indoor climates. There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the notion that, just like exercise, if we expose ourselves to varying forms of “pain” or discomfort such as cold, heat, extended periods of concentration, and even prolonged fasting our bodies have incredible mechanisms that not only allow us to survive, but to come back stronger—even to the point of giving ordinary people the ability to do seemingly super-human things.
So, the lesson seems to be, if you want to live life and realize just some of your potential, as my son’s swim coach likes to say, “learn to get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Your body and your mind will thank you.
If It Doesn’t Suck It’s Not Worth Doing
In his book, Living with a SEAL, Jesse Itzler tells the story of being inspired by a certain Navy SEAL and consequently inviting him to live at Itzler’s home for a month.
Day 1: “SEAL” asked Itzler, “How many pull-ups can you do?”
Itzler squeaked out eight shaky pull-ups.
“Take 30 seconds and do it again,” SEAL said. 30 seconds later, Itzler got on the bar and did six, struggling.
“Take 30 seconds and do it one more time,” SEAL said. 30 seconds later, Itzler got on the bar and did three, at which point his arms were exhausted.
“Alright, we’re not leaving here until you do 100 more,” SEAL stated. Itzler was puzzled. “Alright, we’re gonna be here a long-time. ‘Cause there’s no way I could do 100.” However, Itzler ended-up completing the challenge, doing one pull-up at a time. Thus, SEAL convinced Itzler that he could do way more than he thought he could.
The principle SEAL taught is what he calls the 40% rule — which essentially means people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and thus stop, when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable. Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”
You can apply this principle to anything and everything. You can do a homework assignment and just do it until it’s complete. You can write an article and stick-to-it until it’s published. You can do 100 pull-ups, or run 5 miles, and go until you’re done. Who cares how long it takes?
How to grow up and take control of your life
Video Training of The Week: How To Use The Lensmeter 3
This week we dig into reading the power of a spherocylinder single-vision lens using the Marco LM-101 lensmeter. Lensmeter kits that go along with these lessons are now available for OpticianWorks Total Access members (within the U.S.) to check out. The kits contain various types of lenses, frame fronts and assignments, to give you the ability to gain some practical experience. Instructions for requesting yours are in the FAQ section on OpticianWorks.com.
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