5 Ways the Fear of Pain Could Drive Your COVID Recovery

Chris Burkard calls himself a surf photographer.

Are dreaming of escaping the COVID shutdown and basking in the sunshine of exotic beaches of Maui, Rio or the Virgin Isles. But maybe not quite yet. In this post, we discuss 5 advantages of the pain we have suffered in the last few month. Let’s use those advantages to fuel our COVID recovery.

Murfield Coaching works with individuals and organizations to solve significant problems through disruptive thinking. One of the most prevalent problems is missing opportunities hidden in the midst of pain.

Chris Burkard

Crusade Against the Mundane

Chris Burkard used to love those tropical locations until he launched his crusade against the mundane.  That was when we purposely pushed himself to explore the best waves in the most extreme places on the planet and discover the Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water.

Doesn’t that sound crazy?  To me, there would be no joy being in cold weather much less surfing in ice cold water.  But for Burkard, he not only tolerated it but grew to love it.

Could we learn that lesson from the COVID shutdown?

Purposely diving into frigid water required him to find value in pain. That’s the question we need to ask ourselves, what is the value of the pain we are suffering?

Too often we fail to try to create the radical change and attempt the disruptive innovation because we fear some sort of pain.  Too often we see pain for only the negative.

5 Lessons

Here are 5 lessons I learned again as I used this TED Talk Think Tank, my Mastermind for Radical Change.

 1.  Our comfortable world becomes mundane if there is no challenge or pain.  

Burkard became bored doing what everyone else was clamoring to do.  That monotony became painful and that pushed him to go to the extreme.

  • Did you become board during the shutdown?
  • How did you challenge yourself to use that boredom to be productive?  

2.  Pain pushes us out of our comfort zone and that is where we find the radical change.

Burkard felt like he was suffocating working in the world of comfort and ease.  It was not until he sought out the extreme that he found his joy.

  • The COVID shutdown took us out of our comfort zone. Now as we return to work, what radical changes can we make?
  • How will your team work increase the amount of virtual work?
  • How can you capitalize on the adjustments you made during the shutdown?

3.  Disruptive Leaders seek out the Extreme and expect the pain.  

He worked for months seeking out the most extreme pain knowing that the extreme cold would cause pain.  Instead of avoiding pain, he expected and welcomed it.

  • How do you already welcome pain for what you want the most?
  • How did the shutdown help you to expect more pain?

4.  He found shivering (pain) as a from of meditation.  

That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  But when he looks back at being so cold that he could feel the blood leaving his lips and extremities, he found a focus that he never had before.

  • How has the extreme pain of the COVID shutdown helped you to fine tune your focus?

5.  Pain requires us to give a piece of ourselves to create the radical change.

Burkard says that one of his favorite parts of going to the extreme was the challenge of getting there.  Reaching those remote beaches in Norway, Russia and Chile pushed him to his limits of creativity and perseverance.

  • What part of your current world are you willing to sacrifice to create your ultimate success?  

Difficult times demand sacrifice to survive. Those that are willing to look beyond their pain often find their breakthrough opportunities in those moments of pain.

Are you one of those rare individuals? If so, leave a comment about how you have overcome pain to create what many never thought possible.

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Loren Murfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Murfield holds a PhD in Communication and works with leaders and organizations to solve significant problems with innovative thinking. What problem is frustrating you? Contact us today.

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