How To Use Your Chronic Pain As Daily Motivation

Are you tired of chronic pain holding you hostage?

Dealing with pain on a daily basis can be very difficult. It can even cause you to miss out on some of the best moments of your life.

Of course, that’s only if you let it.

One of the most important lessons I learned from my surgery, was how to use pain as a motivator. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to view their pain in the same way

I’m not ashamed to admit that it took me nearly a year to see it this way. So what did I do for an entire year before I learned the true power of pain?

It’s simple: I allowed my pain to hold me hostage.

It wasn’t until I became fed up with the fact that I was allowing my situation and pain dictate my life. Once I realized that I could use my pain as motivation instead of cement blocks weighing me down, my perspective began to change – I was able to cut the rope and escape.

But what changed to allow me to see things differently?

My mindset. 

I began to realize that I could use the pain I felt every day to fuel my recovery. Instead of allowing my pain to hold me back, I decided to use it as my motivation to get better.

So how do you use your chronic pain as daily motivation?


1. Set A Goal

What is your goal? Maybe you have chronic nerve pain like me. Maybe you’re dealing with emotional pain from a previous trauma, a past relationship or feeling depressed. Whatever your pain might be, don’t worry you can use it to help you.

It all starts with a goal. Where do you want to be in a month, six months, a year? How do you want to feel? Write your goal down on a piece of paper (trust me it has more value when you write it down).

2. Understand Your Pain

How To Use Your Chronic Pain As Daily MotivationBefore moving any further, you need to pinpoint the root cause of your pain. For me, it was a combination of things. I had nerve pain everyday, limited mobility, and I was really depressed. I understood that I wasn’t only experiencing physical pain, but emotional pain too.

Once you assess the cause of your pain and set your goal, you can create a plan. Don’t rush this step, it’s important to fully understand what’s causing your pain. This may require some deep thought and self reflection. For others, it might be easier to find the cause. Either way take the extra time if you need it.


3. Change Your Mindset

Waking up every morning complaining about your pain will not change your situation. Instead feel your pain and realize that you can use it to your advantage. Rather than letting it kill your motivation allow it to be your motivation.

Your mindset is a critical factor in your recovery. If you can’t change your mindset, you won’t be able to change your situation. A positive mindset will be the difference between giving up and crossing the finish line. Remember, building a positive mindset takes time, so be patient.


4. Create A Plan

How To Turn Your Chronic Pain Into Daily MotivationYou can only create a plan after you’ve set a goal and taken the time to understand your pain. Do not move on to step four until you’ve given the previous steps considerate time and energy.

The biggest lesson I learned about creating a plan is to start small and build you way up over time. One of the mistakes I made was overexerting myself on the days I felt good. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way. Pushing too hard proved to be costly and usually ended in a setback.

Make sure your plan fits your needs. Don’t be afraid to test your limits, but be understanding of your pain and don’t overdue it.


5. Be consistent

If you want to be successful, you have to be consistent. Setbacks happen and sometimes life events get in the way of your recovery.

When you have setbacks, it’s important to keep a positive outlook. Treat a setback as a check-in point during your recovery. Use it as an opportunity to reflect on how far you’ve come and as a guide on how far you need to go.

Whether you have setbacks or not, consistency is the key to success. Create a consistent routine and try not to stray off the path too often. If you’re looking to lose weight, keep eating healthy, keep exercising and stick to your plan.

Trust me: If I gave up when I wanted to, I wouldn’t be where I am now (almost pain free!) You’re no different. If you do feel like giving up, here are 10 reasons to keep you motivated!



6. Set Yourself A Reminder

Reminders are a great way to get you back on track. You can use reminders in different ways to help keep you motivated too.

How To Turn Your Chronic Pain Into Daily MotivationFor example, every time you feel pain, use it as a mental reminder that you have work to do. Or create a recurring reminder on a weekly or monthly basis to keep your vision clear and stay on top of your goals. Reminders are important because they keep you focused on your end goal.

Recurring reminders serve as the perfect opportunity to reflect on your progress. Don’t judge yourself, but use moments like these to reflect on what has been working for you and what hasn’t. Based on your assessment, alter your plan to better serve you.


Let me know how you plan on using your pain to motivate you!