Opportunity’s Assassin

Закладки соли смеси Забайкальский ку http://howalend.ru/ahtubinsk-kupit-cocaine.html Today I gave up and finally went to see the doctor. My shoulders have been killing me for weeks; I assumed early on it was due to some strain in the gym and initially let everything rest for a week before going on vacation. That didn’t help.

http://telegra.ph/Kupit-LYOD-YArcevo-04-08 Carrying our luggage in and out of vehicles only exacerbated the problem. But still, I stayed away from the doctor.

Two more weeks went by.

Today is Monday, and I’ve not slept well for the past week. When I turn over in bed, I groan in agony. Ibuprophen doesn’t help, and another over-the-counter anti-inflammatory gave me hives. Nothing is working.

By this morning, I was ready to do my imitation of the Venus de Milo and cut off my arms. Four weeks of significant pain. Horrible sleep. And I’m turning into Mr. Crabby-pants.

Okay. I give up. I decided to suck it up and go see the doctor.

20 minutes later, I was done.

Bursitis. Inflammation in my shoulder sockets. A quick shot of cortisone and a prescription for a week of prednisone tablets. Done. Six hours later and I’m already feeling better range of motion and less pain.

20 minutes. 20 minutes against four weeks of agony. What a knucklehead! Why didn’t I act a long time ago?

The experience reminded me of someone I fired many years ago. This person was extremely well connected in the community, had been at the company for many years, and knew the industry well. To many, she was the company. But she had refused to change with the industry and quickly became a heavy-weight dinosaur.

I put off the inevitable. Deciding to live with the pain, I hoped it would somehow heal on its own. The staff didn’t need the stress of losing this key player, and I had no one in the wings to take up the reigns. Wait it out.

Time only made things worse, eventually leading to a showdown at high noon. I fired first – so to speak –  and she took the long walk off into the sunset (you know, just before the credits roll.)

I knew that I’d now have to deal with the fear and worry on the part of my staff. Would there be defectors? Might they all walk out without their long-time cohort?

Nope. Not one. In fact, I was showered with praises. The staff was elated!

Why had I taken so long? Why had I waited? I simply didn’t want to deal with it, that’s all. I had hoped that it would eventually work itself out.

It didn’t.

If you’re facing something in your work or home life that needs your attention, waiting is not the answer. Whatever your pain is, just deal with it. Deal with it right now. Like the issue with my shoulders, all you’ll do otherwise is prolong the pain. Victor Kiam calls procrastination, “opportunity’s assassin.” I’m inclined to agree.

Just fix it. Start the healing right now.



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One Response to Opportunity’s Assassin

  1. Excellent observations. We have all been there. Your stories here all have happy endings. But even if the story ends painfully, isn’t it better to get that pain over and done with rather than letting the anticipation of future pain dog your days? I think your last statement sums it up beautifully – “Just fix it. Start the healing right now.” Thanks for this reminder!

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