When most people think of punishment, they think of negative consequences — jail for committing a crime or a lawsuit for tax evasion.
However, voluntary punishment, like stress, can also have benefits.
The US Marines have a saying: “Pain is weakness is leaving the body.”
Sometimes you have to punish yourself to get better. You need to wake up early, to exercise, and do your homework.
Punishment is synonymous with resistance. People want pleasure, not pain. Some consider writing punishment, but it is more like a bicep curl for the brain. As the writer Steven Pressfield likes to say, “the pros play hurt.” The pros play even when they are not motivated.
If you want something, you need to be able to wrestle with punishment. You need to persist in strengthening weaknesses.
Defining punishment comes down to perspective. There are obvious repercussions for doing the wrong things. However, punishment can also be the fuel that helps people progress.