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.

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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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