It is paramount that we only focus our efforts on creating flow within our own minds because there is no way we can maintain structure in our external environment. Maintaining a mindful and non-judging awareness of ourselves may be the highest form on intelligence.
So while pain helps us explode, to power lift, to go to war; it doesn't empower us to achieve long-term and consistent success and well-being. Pain pushes us like the wind does to a sail. But gratitude is the rudder that points our ship in the direction of it's destiny.