Injury Identity

Injury Identity

“My shoulder is fucked up.”

“I’m currently experiencing pain in my shoulder when I go overhead.”

“I’ve got a bad back.”

“I herniated a disc in my back, and I’m rehabbing it. Certain movements cause pain, and I have a plan to continue to get better.”

“I’m a mess, so I can’t train.”

“I have had a few tweaks and injuries, which can be frustrating. I’m adjusting how I train to rehab those and continue to stay moving and healthy.”

“My joints hate me when I go to the gym.”

“Lately I’ve been experiencing pain in my knees/elbows/back from training. I’m going to reevaluate how I train and make adjustments so I can continue to train for years to come.”

It’s really easy to take on injuries as an identity.

When we do that, we use those sensations as an excuse to fall away from the overall goal of being healthy now and for years to come.

When we can learn to treat pain, tweaks, and discomfort as data points, and remove emotion from them, we can better adjust our lives and choices to keep us moving forward and enjoying life.

How many times have you said something similar to the statements above?

How can you change your words to separate data points from emotion?

With this new view, what’s the action plan to stay moving forward and improving life?

Go forth and be awesome! 😎

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