What I Learned in Rehab!

Yep, I finally decided I needed to do it! I had procrastinated for so long, denying the facts, not listening to my family and friends, but the pain and suffering had become more than I or my family could stand.

I delayed several times, not feeling ready to commit or admit that it was definitely time to change.  So this is a straight forward discussion and I bare my soul about just some of the lessons I’m learning in rehab.

Gotcha! See what I’m talking about in this weeks discussion.


A little over a month ago, I finally decided to have my right hip replaced….

These are some of the lessons I’ve learned in the past 30 days!

1. Don’t Procrastinate: This seems to one of the great human conditions that prevents most of us from living the life that we truly desire. What happen is we suffer the pains of mediocrity and regret instead of the joy of success because we settle for average.

I procrastinated in getting my hip replacement surgery for years, making a number of excuses and so my quality of life suffered. If only I had acted on what I knew I had to do earlier. Wow what a difference it has been with no pain!

Be willing to push through your procrastination and do what you know needs to be done. Many times we miss the opportunity to live a better life today, putting off the action that will propel you to excellence.

2. Find a Team of Experts: In my search for the right surgeon I wanted to make sure that I had the best possible in order to get the best results possible and have the active lifestyle that is important to me.

How often though do we seek out advice from someone who has not had the kind of success we are looking for. Be willing to invest in coaching from someone who can truly guide you to create the lifestyle you want.

You wouldn’t want your salesman brother performing a hip replacement surgery would you? Be sure who you choose to coach you has a proven system or a team that can enhance your success.

3. Can’t do it Alone: I found out very quickly how many people it takes to do a successful hip replacement. If I stopped to count all the team members, from pre-surgery to getting home, there were probably 50 people involved in my successful rehab. But when I got home my team was my wife (she’s a saint), my son, my family and friends.

To achieve success in any aspect of your life, you will need a team of qualified individuals who can guide and support your efforts. So make a list of your inner circle and your team and evaluate each person to see if they are qualified to help you achieve the greatness you are pursuing.

4. Less is More: You can only work a muscle so hard before you run the risk of setback, injury or slower progress. Rest is paramount to the success of recovery. Today’s society prides itself on how many hours we can work, how little vacation we take and when we are on vacation, we’re actually working anyway.

If you don’t take appropriate time to recover, your body will force you to take downtime and often it’s through illness.

5. Be willing to work: To get better in any aspect of your life you are going to have to work friggin hard! Rehab is not easy, whether it’s a hip, a relationship or your finances. You are going to need to focus and say NO to many things that probably got you into trouble in the first place. So the secret question is: “What do I need to say NO to, to make room for what I need to say YES to?”

6. Don’t cheat yourself: Change is painful! Rehabing my hip has been downright awful and painful at times. But if I stopped when it hurt, I would never reach the full potential of recovery. You must recognize that the price of progress is the pain of change. Be willing to get uncomfortable. Life begins at the end of the comfort zone.

So what part of your life needs to go through rehabilitation? What one or two areas, if you truly focused on change, would produce massive results, fulfillment and satisfaction? Love to hear in the comments how I can help you achieve your lifestyle goals.

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A Little Trip Down Memory Lane

Well, as most of you know, I’m in the midst of rehab for a right hip that I recently had replaced! Yep it was time and I’m excited about the progress and the future looks amazing.

So I thought I’d dig into the archives of The Message From the Road and pull out the very first video that was the genesis of this amazing journey we’ve been taking for the past couple of years.

Yes, I’ve been sending this message now for over 2 years and I want to thank all of you for your on-going interest in this blog. So I hope you enjoy the early stages, before I even started the blog.

I also have a question for you, and I hope you will click on the comment section and join in with some feedback. My question is this, “What can I do to help you move forward with your vision over the next 6 months?”

Also, if you are enjoying these messages, I would appreciate it if you would share and encourage others to join our community.

Well, I’ll be back on the bike soon, and until then, you can expect a lot of different types of messages that will help you become the best leader possible.

The Greatest Gift

It was Sunday, October 5, 1952 in Los Angeles, California when we first met. We were introduced at Queen of Angels Hospital, so you can imagine the anxiety and chaos that was taking place.

The Dodger’s were playing the New York Yankees in game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium and The Red Skelton Show was in its second season.

This was the day I met Muriel, my Mom, face to face. Sure we had been acquainted with each other for the past nine months, but meeting face to face was a magnificent day!

In the coming years she was one of my greatest teachers (my Dad was the other). Many of her lessons I learned as I looked back on my life with this wonder woman. It’s amazing how smart my parents became as I got older.

Mom always told me, “Greg, you can do anything you put your mind to.” She always encouraged me and taught the importance of discipline at the same time.

She fed my creativity in music and the arts by taking all the kids to museums and concerts. And she always had time for those special one on one talks about life.

I had 8 other siblings and Mom taught me how important it was to see the God-given talent other people possess. Each child and person is unique and we need to help people grow based on their unique personalities (I didn’t learn this for many years though).

I probably didn’t say “I love you” enough in my younger years and I hope I made up for it as I grew older.

To this day, I tell my wife and son “I love you” every day. I want there to be no doubt in both my words or my actions.

My Mom gave me the gift of life, but the second greatest gift was being able to help her during her final journey back to God.

For ten years I had the honor of sitting at her side and learning the most important lesson of all–My Purpose in Life!

My greatest growth took place during my greatest failure in leadership (more on that in future blogs) and it was my Mom who acted as God’s instrument. Mom continued to teach me about love, kindness and the direction my life should take.

So thank you Mom! I love you and miss you and I’m still growing and learning. Hopefully becoming the leader you always told me I could be.

Question: What were the big life lessons you learned from your Mom? Love to hear your reply in the Comment section.

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6 Characteristics of a Healthy Leader! Message From the Road #91

” The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”

Develop an awareness around these 6 characteristics and watch your life and leadership grow beyond your imagination!

Below is a detailed transcript of this weeks message

Hi everybody,  it’s Greg Drolet with today Message From the Road and as you can see it is another gorgeous day. As I was riding today I got to thinking about leaders and  the characteristics of a leader.

The word itself gives us the foundation to explore: A real LEADER does the following:

Laughs: What’s he laughing at? Certainly not his team. No, a real leader doesn’t take himself too seriously. He leads without the need of a title and he has learned to laugh at himself. Laugh at the situations he’s put himself and his team in.  A leader is transparent and has learned to laugh when things don’t go quite the way he expected. He understands that both he and his team are human and mistakes are going to happen.

Encourages: A leader encourages his team, knowing that like him they are not perfect. Stuff is going to happen at times.

Ken Blanchard, talks about the importance of “catching your people doing something right.”

Encourage them, let them know what a spectacular job they did. If they didn’t do it quite right, encourage them and help them learn from the experience by asking “what can you learn from this experience?”

Acts: Real leaders are action driven. They don’t procrastinate. When they know there’s a job to get done they do it, and develop a team of people that also take action. That’s part of a real leader’s job, developing their people.

Determination: Napoleon Hill called it a burning desire! They’ve got a purpose, they’re fueled by their passion and they live their entire life this way. They don’t sit around. They know what needs to be done and do it! They live life purposefully.

Energizes: Real leaders bring an energy to the table, to their team, and their family. They apply the energy to all areas of their life, not just business. The first person we need to lead and energize is ourselves.

Responsible: As John Maxwell likes to point out, a leader needs to be response-able. They respond to situations as they arise and take appropriate action. They also hold themselves responsible for the results they and the team create.

So until next time, keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading! Everyone can learn to lead, start with YOU!

What’s happening on your life journey? Feel free to comment below so that we can all share in each others adventures. What areas of your life would you like to become stronger in?

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