It's 6:00 AM, and your alarm clock goes off. What do you do?
Do you spring out of bed?
Do you hit the snooze button until it's almost physically impossible to be ready for work on time?
I'm sure for some of you, the thought of waking up at 6:00 is no big deal. You have a spring in your step, and there's no possible way you'd even think about hitting the snooze button.
But for others of you reading this...it's a much different story. I'm sure for some folks, the thought of waking up at 6:00 sends chills down their spine.
Those folks need a little extra motivation.
I came across a great interview with Simon Sinek a while back, and it was something that I believe you, our client, need to hear, as many of you have experienced quite a bit of ups-and-downs as you have traveled through your chronic pain journey. I'm extremely familiar with those ups-and-downs. I know from first-hand experience that dealing with chronic pain can be frightening. If you are anything like I was, you are scared that you are always going to hurt, you fear you’ve done irreparable damage to your body, and the diagnosis you are given (and then go home and quickly google) leaves you certain that you only have about two weeks left to live! (Even though everyone involved knows that what you’re dealing with is a changeable condition, not a disease.)
I was listening to the interview, Simon Sinek and Ken Coleman, the gentleman interviewing him, had this dialogue:
Simon Sinek — “What I learned is that none of us can do anything without the help of others. Our courage comes from the courage of others.”
Ken Coleman — “Oh, wow…that’s good: When we don’t have courage, it’s okay to borrow it from others.”
Simon Sinek — “You know, when you do the Marine Corp Marathon, there are Marines that run the marathon in full gear. And, when the Marines are struggling and they don’t think they can do it, they scream out, ‘Motivate me! Motivate me!’ They don’t scream out, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ they scream out, ‘Motivate me!’ In other words, they make it the team’s responsibility to keep everyone on the team going, and I love that.”
So, let me break that down for you. You don’t have to have courage. You don’t have to be strong. This journey you’re on isn’t designed to be a solo mission. And let me be the first to say that if you don’t have courage, if you’re fearful, I get it. Trust me, boy do I get it.
I’ve been there.
I’ve shed the same tears.
I’ve had the same thoughts.
I’ve heard the same doubting voices in my head.
I want to tell you that you have a partner in this process. You don’t have to do this alone. Yes, you have to do the work, but you’re part of a team. Now, having been through this process as a client, I have courage for you. Nothing you tell me scares me. No diagnosis you bring to the table is “too big.” I don’t believe for one second that you’ve waited too long or that you’re too far gone.
There will be times as you go through this process that you feel like you can’t go on. You’ll think there’s not enough time. You’ll get discouraged. You’ll hit a plateau. Your mind will tell you to quit. That’s when you need to yell, “Motivate me! Motivate me!,” and we’ll do exactly that.
QUESTION: When have you felt like giving up?
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