Sometimes a hard choice is the right choice. Today marks approximately four weeks. In four weeks I am having corrective foot surgery, something I chose to have so I can live a healthier life. Seven years ago I took the plunge and had surgery on my left foot and so I started thinking about my right foot back in January. I made an appointment with my doctor to get his expert advice. Time progressed and it just made sense for me to have the same surgery on my right foot and so I began working on my recovery mindset/planning, big time! I actually began the serious planning during the summer months.
Seven years ago I made appointments with three different doctors to research who I felt was the right one for this surgery. The first doctor telling me to just wait until I was older, the second not giving me a decisive solution and the third telling me he could definitely help me with what I was looking for however, there were some sacrifices. The sacrifices were that it would take approximately five months to recover, (OMG!) I would be on crutches for three of those five months and that I would have to change my mindset. He didn’t use the exact term “mindset” though that is exactly what he meant. Because he knew after our discussion that I lead an active lifestyle, running a business, a love of exercising, hiking and pretty much the fact that I don’t sit around all that much. He knew his stuff and definitely nailed it! There was no way he could guarantee successful results unless I changed my mindset for what was realistic and so I agreed. By the way, I have a strong, pain free foot from the results of that particular foot surgery. I listened!
So I began planning this second surgery, again as a gift to myself to live my best life. Wearing shoes has been difficult and I was so ready to make this choice, again. Let’s just say I am an over planner which most people know about me. It works for me and so I started from this small seed of what I wanted and made this thought grow and grow and grow in my head. Planning everything from who would help me run my concierge business during my recovery, getting our home ready, to planning what I would do with my idle time I wouldn’t be able to live what I call my normal life.
Mindset is a subject we hear people talking about often. Because it is when you have a positive mindset that you are in fact setting the stage. There was and is lots to plan this time around as well, though thankfully the recovery is only about six weeks. Grateful!
So today I wanted to talk to you about how making choices in other areas of life as well as for our work, is so important. There are many steps that need to be taken depending on the specific choice you have decided on. Some choices take more or less time for us to actually implement. You see… a huge percentage depends on the importance of the choice. There are choices that kind of linger in the background of our minds for what we know in our heart would bring more of what we want yet we never take action with. Then there are choices that are at the front of our mind day in and day out shouting out to us that we CAN make something a reality by taking the action and if we do XY or Z, it WILL happen!
At the beginning of this year, I had an incredibly strong mindset for what I wanted. I continually was visualizing what my foot would look and feel like if I had this surgery. I couldn’t stop thinking about it because I knew in my heart the steps I had to take and no one else could do this for me. I made a choice to wait until the end of fall so that I could enjoy my summer and fall seasons.
October 31st marks the date for when this second foot surgery will happen. I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be having this done. You might say I’m crazy to be excited though remember…this was a choice I wanted, planted the seed in my mind, planned how I was going to make XY and Z happen. I was visualizing all the pieces to this in my mind. It’s not about the fact that life as I know it will stop for a bit, it’s about my personal choice and the positive mindset I decided to have on this journey. I realize it won’t all be a piece of cake and that’s okay.
By January I will be wearing shoes comfortably again and doing all the things I love in life. This is just another short chapter in my journey. To be continued…
What choice will you make today that can bring you more of what you want?
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