I blogged the other day about an interview I heard with Simon Sinek, and I compared his Betting vs. Investing discussion to what happens with a lot of our clients as they travel through chronic pain. As I was listening to it again (it was that good), something else jumped out at me about courage. I know first-hand that dealing with chronic pain can be frightening. If you are anything like I was, you’re scared that you’re always going to hurt, you fear you’ve done irreparable damage to your body, and the diagnosis you’re given (and then go home and quickly google) leaves you certain that you have about two weeks to live! (Even though everyone involved knows that what you’re dealing with is a changeable condition, not a disease.)
So, as I was listening to the interview a second time, Simon Sinek and Ken Coleman, the gentleman interviewing him, had this dialogue:
“What I learned is that one of us can do anything without the help of others. Our courage comes from the courage of others.” — SS
“Oh, wow…that’s good: When we don’t have courage, it’s okay to borrow it from others.” — KC
“You know, when you do the Marine Corp Marathon, there are Marines that run the marathon in full gear. And, when the Marines are struggling and they don’t think they can do it, they scream out, ‘Motivate me! Motivate me!’ They don’t scream out, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ they scream out, ‘Motivate me!’ In other words, they make it the team’s responsibility to keep everyone on the team going, and I love that.”
So, let me break that down for you. You don’t have to have courage. You don’t have to be strong. This journey you’re on isn’t designed to be a solo mission. And let me be the first to say that if you don’t have courage, if you’re fearful, I get it. Trust me, boy do I get it.
I’ve been there.
I’ve shed the same tears.
I’ve had the same thoughts.
I’ve heard the same doubting voices in my head.
I want to tell you that you have a partner in this. You don’t have to do this alone. Yes, you have to do the work, but you’re part of a team. Now, having been through this process as a client, I have courage for you. Nothing you tell me scares me. No diagnosis you bring to the table is “too big.” I don’t believe for one second that you’ve waited too long or that you’re too far gone.
There will be times as you go through this process that you feel like you can’t go on. You’ll think there’s not enough time. You’ll get discouraged. You’ll hit a plateau. Your mind will tell you to quit. That’s when you need to yell, “Motivate me! Motivate me!,” and we’ll do exactly that.
If you’re scared, here’s a little motivation for you: take two minutes and download our Four Free E-cises and start the process. Your body will thank you for it.
QUESTION: When have you felt like giving up?