A teenage student of mine recently complained that he was having growing pains at night. This thirteen year old was becoming so large, so fast, that he could feel it happening. We should all be so lucky. To see pain for what it is. Growth.
The pain may not be physical, as in breaking down a muscle so it recovers and grows larger, and experiencing the requisite soreness, but it will manifest somehow. Growing pains are inevitable, no matter the area of your life that is expanding.
In my bodybuilding days, I longed for the aching pain that assured me I had left no plate unturned. When I was writing, those last few drafts could feel like torture. As a martial artist, I endured countless beatings in order to improve my skills. Even now, with multiple black belts, I sometimes feel like I'm putting on a gi for the first time. Clueless.
While growing my business, I've certainly had moments of feeling overwhelmed and outmatched. A discomfort that has left me feeling lost.
These are all good signs.
The pain, the discomfort, that lost feeling. It is the blind spot just before you once again see the light in the distance. From here on out, it will become brighter. Things will become clearer, and you will grow, until the light fades again.