• Lessons from my back – Part 9 – Willing to Change

    Posted on March 26, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    So how did I rupture a disc? When did I rupture a disc?  These were questions I was asking, and nobody really has those answers.  Here is what I do know, I have been struggling with this back for the past 13-14 years and probably longer.  My back and my motivation have always had seasons.  There are seasons where I take it seriously and it has paid off.  There have been seasons where I did not take care of it and bad happens.


    Was it something I did? Was it something I did not do?


    Here is what I do know. My doctor told me 1 out of 8 people who have this surgery done have to come back in.  He told me before I left the hospital that if I do what he told me, I would be fine and I could go on doing all of the things I have in the past.


    Do you know what that means? That means I am willing to change!  As much as I like my neurosurgeon, I only want to see him for follow up appointments.


    Years ago when I lost my weight, something changed. It was disgust.  My belief in life is that disgust is the single biggest factor for change in a person’s life.  Think about it.  Whether it be financially, relationally, physically or emotionally.  Most change is brought on when we just cannot take it anymore.


    When it comes to my back, I have had it. I will do whatever he tells me to do.  That is the bottom line.


    I do truly believe people will not change until that happens. There are people who dislike the present situation but dislike is not a catalyst to change.  Discomfort?  That is not a catalyst either.  Disgust is the catalyst.


    The question I have always asked if I want change and I am not disgusted is how do I create it? How do I create disgust?  I will tell you what works for me.


    I take inventory and expose that inventory to others close to me. That will do it!  It has always worked for me!  Think about it.  Let us take a real scenario.  Everyone I know in this world has either a junk drawer or a junk counter.  Admit it.  We all have something like that.  When company comes over, we clean it up.  That works for the short term, but it is not disgust.  I think the only way to get disgusted is the take a true picture, an honest picture of your situation and communicate to people in your life that can be truth tellers in love.  Expose that junk drawer each time people come over?  That might create some disgust.


    I did not say this would be fun, remember we are talking about disgust. Maybe it is your nutrition?  Maybe it is you getting up early in the mornings?  Maybe like me, you ignore core workouts until your back hurts?


    The question is if you are looking for change, have you reached disgust?


    Happy running….Happy recovery (Next up – Process)