Crippled CEO Blog #059:
Having been born with, grown up with, and lived with cerebral palsy for my entire life, I have frequently had to do challenging, painful, and difficult things. Normal, every day tasks are all a bit tougher, but then there are the things that truly sucked. When my hip finally got bad enough, I had a surgery that chopped off the ball part of the hip bone, the part that goes into the socket. The recovery was incredibly painful, as all hip stuff is, and the process required for me to be able to straighten my leg out again (it had been stuck at a 90-degree angle for months) included grueling, torturous physical therapy.
It sucks. You know it’s going to suck. As the time gets closer, you start thinking more and more about how it’s going to suck.
I came up with a trick to get through this easier, to overcome this mental hurdle, that I apply to everything hard and difficult that I have to do.
You show up. You put your head down. And you start effing working.
Because some things are just going to suck. There’s no way around it. The faster you can accept it, get over it, and get to the task at hand, the better you will be. There’s no trick to make it easier. No technique to make it hurt less, to make it less tedious, to make it less terrible. You just have to bear down and get to work. Get it done.
And the ironic part is, that owning and accepting the idea that some thing is going to suck, and just going ahead and doing it anyways, acknowledging there is no easy way around it — that actually does make it better. You feel better when you’re not complaining. Eventually, you get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
So, there is no trick. But that’s the trick. Tricky.
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