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A guy way smarter than me once said, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force.” Laws of physics also apply to the power of human progress and development. I believe with certainty that each of us was born with skills and desires to be great and the outside forces that prevent us from progress can be conquered. Each of us was born to seek progress and we are only truly happy when we are overcoming and advancing.

But let’s be honest, change is hard and progression requires change. My good buddy and video guru, Brandan Fisher, made the trip to Las Vegas with us this week to set up our video room in our new office. Anybody who travels with Philip Niu or me knows that every day includes physical activity and sometimes even extreme activity. I am still chuckling to myself right now with the image of Brandan walking around most of the day with alligator arms tucked at his side as he groans to pick anything up. Brandan asked if this extreme pain was normal or if he has some type of permanent damage.

Like Brandan, each of us experiences pain as we seek change in any area of our life. To Brandan’s credit he has kept going and is pushing through the pain. He is beginning to understand in period of just a couple days that real physical progress will only come by staying with it and not giving into the temporary pain, even if it is really intense.

When we are not progressing, we are miserable and feel an emptiness that cannot be fixed by overindulgence in food, chemical substances, television or anything else keeping us from progress. Our Creator blessed us with desires and skills that must be used and improved before they become buried too deep to find or are lost forever.

We were not meant to be stagnant and miserable. We were born to live life and find joy in it. We were meant to grow and inspire others to do the same.

Trying to avoid change in our life and maintain the status quo is impossible. Change is inevitable and only we determine if our change will be positive or negative. Relationships, health and finances do not remain idle and no amount of hoping or wishing will change that.

Each day we must ask, “Where do I need to develop? How can I overcome my obstacles? What do I want out of life? Where can I improve?”

Change is coming no matter what. Life is a constantly changing series of highs and lows and many times real progress only comes when we are fighting through the lows.

A couple suggestions that have come to my mind as I have thought of progression and change:

First, understand and accept that there is change and it is needed to progress. Is your desire to progress greater than the false comfort of staying where you currently are?

Second, you must ask yourself if you truly want to progress. Do you have immediate and long-term goals? Without goals you may not have the willpower to overcome the pain that comes with change.

Third, do you have someone or something that will push you and that you can follow on the path to success? Emerson said, “Our strength grows out of our weakness. Not until we are pricked and stung and sorely shot at, awakens the indignation which arms itself with secret forces. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.”

Last, you must be really committed to get past the pain of change and progress. Willpower and true grit are what will define your path to progress.

The power of change and progress is in you. You were born to progress and the benefits of change are there if you are willing to push past the temporary pain that can come with positive change.