The introduction to this month’s blog involves a hockey puck, bleachers, physics, and a doctor. Sometimes people do not seek advice from others for fear they don’t know the answer, don’t want to know the answer, or just simply don’t take the time. All three of these scenarios were present when I had to consider seeking external advice.
Last November, innocently watching my daughter’s hockey game, a hockey puck flew over the glass with impeccable speed (okay, it may not have been going that fast...). When I realized it was merely going to hit the bleacher right by my feet. I picked up my feet as quickly as I could. What I didn’t realize was the velocity of the puck once it hit the bleacher. It bounced up rapidly and hit me square in my ankle bone. Instantly, my ankle swelled.
After gently traveling on it for 2 months and not being too aggressive during gym time, it was not getting any better. Plus, my leg started hurting in other spots due to overcompensating for the ankle pain and unknowing nature of “sprain.” Yes, I had self-diagnosed. I decided I needed to go in and have it checked out by a professional.
My doctor (after literally laughing out loud about how it happened) assessed the situation, and diagnosed that the bone had indeed been bruised and it would take time to heal - almost more time than a regular sprain. He recommended I carry on as normal as there was nothing specific I needed to do for a bruised bone.
Almost immediately, my leg stopped hurting and I was back to normal in the gym without repercussions. As someone whose profession is to provide advice and develop others, why didn’t I more immediately seek advice? Why wasn’t I more susceptible to a professional opinion? I had to find the root of my hesitancy. I found there were three things: 1. I could figure it out on my own. 2. Time would fix it. 3. I didn’t want to spend the money.
The lesson I realized was that if I had gone in sooner, I would not have had a different pain in my leg. The longer I waited the worse my leg started hurting altogether, which caused me to conjure up more negative scenarios. Thus, I wouldn’t have spent the excessive amounts of time and energy worrying about what else could be wrong. My clients are very smart in what they do, but sometimes they need a professional opinion to help them get back on track so they don’t focus on the wrong things. March's blog post will provide ideas on what to look for in a strong professional consultant.