This week we are going to focus on what you learn from having a broken foot and the recovery from there. As you may remember in this column a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was diagnosed with multiple stress reactions, stress fractures, and a couple hairline fractures in my foot. In addition at seven feet tall I put a lot of weight on my feet and have had many foot and ankle issues, so I am no stranger to casts and walking boots, but this time is different. Most of the injuries are weight related and past trauma that finally has taken its toll. So we are doing a different recovery program. I have to wear the walking out for 6 months, but it is to allow me to exercise in order to lose weight and reduce the stress on my feet overall. So what do you learn from this that can be applied to business. Today we will focus on those lessons.
- Identify the underlying problem and figure out a solution – The key thing here is to identify exactly what the issue is and identify the solutions. Sometimes you need to go beyond the diagnosis of the problem, for example slumping sales, to really figure out the best solutions. In this case, my diagnosis was stress fractures and hairline fractures, with no real recent trauma nor increase in exercise, but the pain kept getting worse. So we dug deeper and looked at the changes that were happening in my body and in what I was doing to really find the root causes. For slumping sales it may not be that the economy is bad but it might be that your product line has fallen under disrepair, or you no longer are competitive with the line or the pricing or something else. So dig Deep!
- Be creative and unique – This does not seem right when you are talking about a broken foot, but we could have done the normal treatment of crutches and a hard cast for 12 weeks and then start physical therapy. However, I would then have been sedentary and added additional weight and would probably have caused even more stress and problems and could have seen a worse recovery or majorly delayed as I would keep reinjuring. Thus you might need to be creative with your solutions. The foot has to be immobilized but I also needed to lose weight and could not be sedentary. So a walking boot and prescribed therapy and exercise with a developed level of activity to reduce the weight and help the foot heal altogether was the creativity and uniqueness.
- Be committed – Now that we have a plan I need to be committed to it. Foot pain is hard, business pain is hard, and change is even harder. A former leader told me change is what separates the top from the followers. So over the last four weeks I have had to change my routines drastically, and adjust to limping and being immobilized when I am not exercising. It has not even easy and some days you just want to quit. I also felt good one day and took the boot off and walked around with regular shoes, which was a mistake as it now hurt worst, so you need to stay committed and dedicated to the plan the way you laid it out.
- Measure and check in – While I said above you need to stay committed, you also need to measure it and if you are of track change and adapt and figure out why you are off track.
- Be Patient – You may not see results right away but keep tracking and keep doing it. Adjust if you are off and keep asking yourself what needs to change, am I doing it right. For me, I have lost 10 pounds since the start and I have not hit all my activity targets, which means if I hit the activity targets and do the therapy I am supposed to this plan will work I just need to be patient with it and keep doing. Being patient is not easy and in fact it can be very difficult.
Rodney Mogen, is the president of solveurpuzzles, a business focused company. Solve ur puzzles helps three groups: Small Businesses, Financial Advisors/Agents, and Local Government Entities. Rodney is also a small business advisor focused on developing financial strategies for small business owners and helping them develop their own strategy and ideas to grow, sell, develop the way they want. He is focused on creating proper financial strategies for Advisors and business owners to assist them in their day to day duties by solving their financial puzzles. Rodney is also the Director of Financial Strategy for The Evans Group. Check out more information at www.solvurpuzzles.com.