Happy Tuesday morning,
I have been running for over 20 years injury free and I am very thankful to have had such a great stretch. However all good things must come to an end.
Last weekend I thought I’d take a run through the Gatineau hills and felt great at the end of the day. I woke up the next day with a lot of pain in my right calf. I put some run A535 on it expecting it to heal itself, but as the week progressed it became more painful. I arranged to get a massage and the person suggested that I had strained my calf muscle. Several weeks ago, I talked about the risk of googling self diagnosis and the value of seeking out an expert. Although they are essential to one’s overall well-being, a massage therapist is not an expert in sports injuries.
I bring that up because I was speaking with one of my runner friends after my massage and explained my injury to him and he suggested that I see a sports therapist. This past week I went to see my sports therapist Steve and after he did a full exam, he determined it wasn’t a calf issue at all, but nerve damage to my lower back, sustained from the uneven ground of the Gatineau hills run. He made some adjustments and gave me some exercises to follow up on.
My point is that not only should we seek out experts, but experts who are specialists. For instance, a number of people will reach out to life coaches to discuss career related matters. The challenge within this option is that they are more generalists than specialists. They are like the massage therapist I saw. They deal with the multiple elements of your life, when you actually need to focus on one specific aspect, namely, your career.
If you have a career or leadership challenge it is imperative that you seek out an expert in that area. I could have saved myself 2 weeks of pain and got on the road to recovery much quicker if I had seen a sports therapist to start.
Steve’s treatment made an immediate impact on my pain level and gave me the proper exercises to help with the nerve issues. I left his office feeling much better and confident that I will be back running pain-free shortly.
Here at CareerJoy we do the same thing. We can isolate what the core issues of your career challenges are and help you devise a specific plan that can help you get your career back on track.
Doing my stretches, along the road with you!
P.S. Our Career Identity coaching helps get to the root of the “career pain” and establish a plan for transitioning and moving forward. Reach out to Amanda or Brit on our client success team at 1-877-256-2569 ext 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to make the most of your unique leadership style.
P.P.S. Is self-employment a solution to that career “pain point”? Join Laurie Fenske, Senior Career and Leadership coach, during our Self-Employment webinar on September 12 from 12-1 pm as she discusses high level business planning including developing a personal brand and how working with a CareerJoy coach could help you get started.