Jim’s Journal: No Pain, No Gain – Really!

July 8, 2014 in Jim's Journal, Slider Features

My client, Wilson’s Leather, held an employee celebration at the senior leader’s ranch after we finished day-three of the leadership training. It was a Saturday afternoon in September of 2003.   The ranch was spectacular, spacious, picturesque and simply beautiful!  We swam, went on hay rides, played horseshoes, Frisbee and basketball and still found time to devour all of the food that was on the grill and in the kitchen.  After I let my ribs, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad and cheese burgers digest, I participated in an extremely competitive game of volleyball.  You would have thought we were playing for a gold medal.  At match point, I jumped to spike the ball and landed awkwardly.  An epidural injection couldn’t have made the pain I felt go away.  And I heard a loud pop as soon as it happened, too.  48 hours (because the doctor had to wait until the swelling went down) and an MRI later I learned that I had ruptured the patella tendon in my knee.  Surgery and a long rehab were next.  Even after the tendon healed I was afraid to “push it” during physical therapy.  I watched people twice my age put more weight on their machine doing leg curls.  I was afraid.  I thought about every step that I took because I was afraid.  I didn’t want to re-rupture it so I played it safe.  My breakthrough came when I challenged myself to sprint the length of a football field.  I chose the football field because that’s where I achieved my greatest success, athletically, growing up.  Touchdown!  I scored!  What challenge are you still struggling with because you’re afraid of getting hurt again?  Remember, no pain, no gain!  Now get back into the game!

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