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"Own" The Change Process
Doing Your Part

Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better,
you have to take things into your own hands.”
-Clint Eastwood

Spinal Change

Earlier this year, I had spinal surgery. I had a degenerative condition that pinched my spinal cord that was getting progressively worse. I would lose feeling in my legs, had fallen twice and broke a leg and foot in an unexpected loss of control.

After visiting several doctors, I was directed to a surgeon who said he could repair my condition. He exuded confidence and won me over. Surgery was scheduled and MRI and X-rays were taken in preparation.

The doctor warned me that immediately after surgery, I would lose feeling and the ability to control one leg for a few weeks. He said this is to be expected. He also told me that I would be unable to step without a walker for several weeks. If I obeyed him and the home therapy staff, I would be back up in better shape than before the procedure. I felt that the long-term results would be worth the immediate pain and discomfort.

As predicted, after surgery I was unable to move one leg. It felt like it weighed 1,000 pounds! I couldn’t control the muscles at all. I remember the nurses asking me how I felt. When I told them that I couldn’t feel or move that leg, they would “freak out” and tell me to report it to the doctor. I smiled and said, “He knows; he told me this would happen.” I guess he didn’t tell them, too.

The surgeon reassured me on his first visit that day that this was perfectly expected. Then he said, “Okay. I’ve done my job. Now you have to do yours.” I knew he meant to follow all directions and do my therapy.

What I Learned

1. Things would get worse before they got better. I was aware that there would be pain and discomfort. I knew that I would need assistance doing several tasks. The rule after this type of surgery is: No “BLT” (Bending, Lifting or Twisting) until further instructions. I fell once when getting out of the car the day I came home from the hospital. Fortunately, two neighbors were there with my wife to lift me up and get me inside.

When change comes, conditions will get worse BEFORE they get better. You experience discomfort. You can’t fall back into your comfort zone. You may feel like it is an uphill battle, but if you keep the focus on your goal during change, you can bear with the discomforts.

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He is remembered as one of the top ten Presidents in American history. He loved controversy and publicity. He was known as a fighter and first of the modern Presidents in US history. Born to a wealthy family, he would struggle in his early life with health problems. He was frail and sickly as a boy, but developed a rugged physique as a teenager and became a lifelong advocate of exercise and what he termed the "strenuous life."

Although he was known for his family's wealth, he was an active opponent of the "criminal class" of corrupt businessmen. He promoted changes in America that altered the culture and changed the political landscape forever.

On the international scene, this man built up the American armed forces won the first American Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in foreign affairs. He was a writer, historian, explorer, big-game hunter, soldier, conservationist and a rancher. He lost his mother and his wife on the same day in the same house and it helped him reinvent his life.

Who said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”?

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Do the Hustle!

To get heard, you have to hustle. You can't make one contact and hope that turns into a client or a job. You have to "hustle" and make other people's phones ring. I tell audiences all the time that I may call a lot of people, but it must work because I am there leading a presentation!

Our youngest son was looking for a job last month. He applied to one he really wanted. I was encouraging but said, "Don’t just apply to one and wait in it; alloy to many so you have more opportunities and can make a good choice." He can "own" the job search by applying to many and commanding the best salary, benefits package, hours and distance to the job site.

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Quotes: Change

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Jimmy Dean

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity."  
-Peter Drucker

“Change your thoughts and you change your world."
-Norman Vincent Peale

“As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me."  
-John Maxwell

“The good and bad things are what form us as people... change makes us grow."  
-Kate Winslet

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