Can I share something with you that I am incredibly excited about, and at the same time I am a little embarrassed in 11 more days, I can run again! You can’t see me, but I am doing my happy dance. After my hip injury in April, it just seemed like this day would NEVER come. So what in the world, does this have to do with you, well just give me a second and I will make it plain.
Well for more than a year and a half, I got used to running, and walking. I did it several times a day, and I was consistent, but when the accident happened my routine just didn’t get changed, it was pulverized. I couldn’t do what I had grown accustomed to doing, and I was even a little scared that the wrong activity would just prolong things, or made them worst. So I didn’t do anything, so 13 pounds later I have the great opportunity to reflect on my decision, and help one of you realize that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Your challenge was probably not a hip injury, maybe it was a change at work, the break-up of a relationship, the loss of a job, the lost of a loved one, the feeling that you need to go back to school, move to another place, or just start over again. You are probably right where I am now in some area of your life. Call it routine, call it status quo, call it frustration, call it fear, call it whatever you want. It is a place in your life, where you have not accurately viewed all your options, so you could make a better choice. It dawned on me last week, that I actually had some other options, and as you look at your situation, I am sure you do too.
In life there is always a solution, we may not see it, and you may not like it, but if you look it is there.
Another truth about life is it is always changing, and you have to adapt. All living things change, and grow. Our job is to change and grow with them, instead of staying stagnant. No one likes change, but not liking it won’t stop the process.
That urge you have to go back to school, open that business, starting that motivational speaking journey, write that book, or leaving that job is God’s silent whisper that there is something better for you, on the other side. It will require prayer, patience, and trust that in spite of all that you are facing, or fearful of there is more in front of you then there will ever be behind you, if you are willing to move.
My hip injury was a wake up call for me. At any moment things can change, and they can change drastically. The question is what will you do, when they change. Are you going to pout, give up, find another way, or just just sit back and watch it. I mean during my recovery, I still ate very well, and I still did many of the good things I had done before, but another change was needed, and because I didn’t respond to that one, the end result was gaining some of the weight back that I had worked so hard to lose. A setback, but one I can learn from, and I am hoping one you can learn from, as well.
What happened in your life, did some unexpected event throw you for a loop, are you sitting around like you don’t have any options? Have you had your head in the sand because honestly you can’t take one more thing. Well, I am here today to remind you that you do have options. There IS something you haven’t considered. Take some time, pull yourself away from the status quo. Decide to lay out all the options, even the bad ones, realizing you may have to go in a new direction. Trust God enough to know that He knows what He is doing, that He answers prayers, and that there REALLY will be life, even after all of this!
If you are interested, I have a form I can send you that I sometimes will use with my coaching clients. It helps you evaluate things when you find yourself dealing with unexpected situations, or transitions, it is called a growth opportunity. It is a great tool for evaluating choices, and it helps moving forward just a little easier. If you want a copy it send me an e-mail and I will forward it to you, until then keep you head up and keep pushing!