QUALITY OF LIFE YEARS: PART 2

'Do what I say, not what I do,' is that old comedic line. We will all learn at some point in our lives that this is not the most successful quality of a leader. I am not calling myself a 'leader,' however I do provide regular guidance and recommendations on a few factors that support quality of life years. Plus, I feel this direction for a blog post will have enough tangents for me to talk about. I will just run with it, so please hear me out. Speaking of running, a friend convinced me of splitting the Ice Man with her this winter. I have only run twice since the last time I broke my bike (ha, it's a joke that this cyclist makes about running). That, among other decreases in my activity lately, is what I am trying to get at.


Stress is a great motivator. When under stress our priorities can change quickly. If they aren't a solid part of our daily routine - or if we don't truly buy into our reasons - they can drop down on the to-do list. In November 2018 I was presented with a job opportunity outside of hockey. Working for the Prince George Cougars was amazing, but I was looking for other challenges, and wanted to spend more hours in a day purely solving injuries. By March 2019 these ideas snowballed into Alpine Athletics. I decided to go down my own path and create a clinic where clients can trust in me to help resolve their injuries. Don't get me wrong, I love a good trauma injury (from the perspective of providing first aid and acute care), but there is something inspiring about being frequently stumped by difficult cases. That injury that takes all your best angles of approach and keeps responding with the opposite of what you'd expect. That's one stress.

Another stress should be the fact that I have to do half of the Ice Man. I have only run two times in the past couple of months. We haven't officially signed up yet either. If she drops out, I guess I will be 'forced' out of the race too. I have only signed up for one race since high school. Boy, did I exercise hard. I was so terrified of what that race would do to me if I didn't train. That was easily the most fit I have ever been in my life. That's another stress.


At least I am honest with my clients. Since bike season has ended I have been pretty low with my frequency of exercising. In October something did seem to change for the better. That's when the Ice Man idea came up. The momentum is building in the right direction. I guess this race is a lower priority than this business start up. How can I ask clients to do their exercises twice a day? Do what I say, not what I do. I never wanted to be that guy. That's another stress.


I've said it before, and I'll say it again. 'Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands' AKA the S.A.I.D. Principal. It is something I latched onto early in University. My iteration: Stress re-builds you stronger.

"Wait, re-builds you?"

"Yes." Generally there are moments of weakness, embarrassment, and admittance of not-knowing, to name a few discomforts. More is not always better. Defining your line of tolerance is a never ending game of cat and mouse for you to play. The only time I've been more productive in a week was while in University. Those were some dark days.


So...

Sorry for the times I wasn't leading by example. Sorry for the answers I didn't have. Sorry for being stumped by your weird injury.


If you're going to apologize, you should change instead. Admit to yourself that something has to give. Adapt. Without the stress, will we be given the opportunity? Will we have the motivation? To me, both are rhetorical questions. I need the stress to be productive. To be challenged. To grow. To Adapt.


So...

Thanks to all the stresses that got me here.

Thanks to everyone that hasn't forgot about me as other priorities leapfrogged past them.

Thanks to all the clients who have trusted me to help them maintain their quality of life years.

And, a special thanks to those clients who put their symptoms on me and said, "Well, that's your problem, you figure it out."


Now I'm going to bed. Avoiding that tired stress is quite high on my priority list. I guess just below having this blog post finished in time.


Thank you for your time,


~Craig

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