To Soar You Must Get Sore!

Greetings and salutations,

I’m a big fan of patterns. I like patterns in words, and I really like to see patterns in life. One such pattern occurred to me this morning, and I instantly knew that it would be my blog for this week. In order to soar, you must get sore. Of course, this sentence contains homonyms, that is, two words that sound the same. That is not so intriguing to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Rather, it’s the truth in this statement itself. What am I talking about? Fundamentally, I’m talking about the fact that you must put in the work, often doing the difficult thing, before reaping the benefit of the work. I give you three examples, from three distinct areas of life.

First, the one that made me think of it in the first place. My legs are sore today, due to the fact that I exercised strenuously yesterday under the guidance of a personal trainer (Thanks Nate!). He made me work extra hard because he has my permission and he knows what my goal is. In order for me to reach that goal, he knows that I had to work especially hard. Now I know it too! I’m sore, but happy.

As an executive coach, I spend quite a bit of time with the owners and leaders of growing businesses. There comes a time in most organizations where the capabilities of current management are insufficient to reach the organizational goals. Have you ever heard of the Peter Principle? For the owner, it is quite difficult to replace a manager or staffer who occupies “the wrong seat on the bus“. After all, the employee has been loyal, has earned seniority, and deserves respect. This is all true. Nevertheless, managers or employees who can no longer get the job done must be replaced by people who can. This can create some sore feelings, of course, but is absolutely necessary for the company to soar. In my experience, these are harsh, brutal facts.

Finally, you may have heard of the Law of the Inner Circle. I learned it from John Maxwell, but others have spoken about it. It states that your capabilities, even your future, are greatly influenced by those with whom you spend the most time. If there is someone in your life that brings you down regularly, is a source of “stinking thinking”, they need to go! Once again, removing someone from your inner circle is likely to cause some pain (soreness). Like the other cases though, it is a nonnegotiable element of your future success. Painful or not, you must do it.

Patterns. Life is full of patterns. I hope that this one supports you in some meaningful way.

All the best,


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About eddecosta

Business and Executive Coach
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4 Responses to To Soar You Must Get Sore!

  1. I am feeling the soreness today too as I am putting in the time and effort to evolve my business. It’s hard work and I can only anticipate the pay-off! So far, I have been receiving positive feedback from others from a “perception” standpoint, so that tells me the message is getting out on my branding … now to turn that into ROI so my business can soar! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m SORE from exercise too, Ed….but also happy because I too know it’s necessary. Thanks! Enjoyed your post!

  3. Joe Abraham says:

    Great post, Ed! To simply wish doesn’t cost me a thing. But to work on my wish does cost me!

  4. Reblogged this on Live Your Dreams Everyday (L.Y.D.E.) and commented:

    You hit it on the head! It’s so important that we develop ourselves to become better leaders and role models for one another; however, most people seem not to want to make the necessary sacrifices needed in order to get the job done. Why?

    I can relate this to some of the content my wife and I have been writing in regards to our marriage, as we had to learn that outside of our egos, it was uncomfortable for either one of us to commit to the end result: a prosperous and fulfilling marriage. We look back and realize that the more we push & challenge one another, the more we enjoy the result.


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