“So are you finished with this foolishness?” Mom asks. “Yeah”, chimes in Dad, they are going to find you on the side of the road dead from a heart attack.” We are sitting in our family business on a Monday in 1990 something.
I had finished my fourth marathon and, as usual, the day after any marathon I am limping and struggling to get up and out of my office chair.
“You’re right”, I replied, “I’ll start smoking and boozing and I’ll start sitting on my butt in front of the TV.”
Little did I know that several years later I would be put on the sideline of running. There is nothing like the frustration of not being able to do something you love.
For the past eighteen months, I have been fighting Plantar Faucitis. The symptom is a stabbing pain in my heal that is exacerbated after I walk for a longish distance and specifically when I run.
I didn’t realize how much this setback would affect me mentally. When I see someone running I go through a self-beat down. Then I privately berate the runner. “Sure you go run. I use to do that. You suck.” I yell to myself as I drive down the road I use to run.
After several months of self-pity, I decided to do something about it. I contacted my running coach Susan Paul I asked her what I could do to speed my recovery. Susan suggested finding someone that could do the Graston Technique.
The Graston Technique is a series of lip biting, tear making appointments where the physical therapist or chiropractor takes a blunt knifelike device and runs it up and down your foot continuing up to your calf. Talk about painful.
With pain is growth. It has taken several months but I am back on the roads. Rebuilding my endurance. Am I cured? No. Can I deal with substantially less pain? Yes. Did I learn the lesson that I should have gone to the therapist much sooner than I did? Yes!
In my business, setbacks can be a learning lesson.
Clients that don’t use my Documented Approach to add value to their homes are often met with the pain of accepting a lowball offer. The Seller will often ask, isn’t my home worth the higher price?
They beat themselves up with worry and doubt that they will ever sell their home.
The same client that finally employs my Approach is met with the success of a quicker sale and higher offers.
The perceived value that is exhibited through presenting the home in the best possible light makes all the difference between success and failure.
I can’t stop this feeling that we can all improve our body, mind, relationships, and business by taking positive action.