Pain can be a very powerful motivator for change. Before we dive into the dynamics of how pain can lead to change, we must define pain. Pain can be described as physical/mental suffering or discomfort caused by illness of injury.
Such suffering and discomfort are often what people need to address the necessary lifestyle changes they must make. People are not inclined to change when they are comfortable because they have no reason to. Pain gives people an incentive to change.
It is important to understand that different people have different thresholds for pain. Meaning some people can handle more amounts of pain than others. We must keep this in mind because it means different people have different “rock bottoms” before they work past their ambivalence towards change.