A while back, right after the New Year, we had an icy night.
The next morning I woke up to walk my dog and slipped right down my front steps.
Surgery that week.
And out of commission for a couple of months.
So how did coaching save me?
Through coaching, I’ve learned how to manage my mind.
As soon as the pain got under control, I knew I was at a crossroads.
I could go two ways.
One way was panic, depression and major worry.
And that’s how I have dealt with problems most of my life.
I would assume there was no choice but to feel bad because of what had happened to me.
But because I have been coached and trained as a coach for years now, this time I chose a different way.
I could see the road to fear and worry.
And I could see that I had a choice.
I never saw it in the past, but this time I saw the alternate path.
That path was to stay neutral.
For the first time I could see how I felt and handled this was totally up to me.
I didn’t have to go toward the feel-bad path.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
I was not ‘happy’ to be having surgery, pain or lose time being active in my life.
But suffering is optional.
And this time I chose not to suffer.
Did my ankle still hurt?
Did I have some challenges ahead of me?
But I chose to remain neutral.
And that made dealing with this injury easier.
So I still had pain, but only necessary pain.
And the other kind… wow!
I chose to bypass it this time.
What a great feeling!
And, my friends, I’m sharing this because if I can choose not to go into automatic negativity when something bad happens, so can you.