Two Minute Drill: Is Fear-avoidance Holding You Back?
What’s up Kaizenovators, happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is fear avoidance. On Friday, our companies had a 2023 kickoff party. We all got together, went to a restaurant, and it was a great event. One of the components of the event was Trivia.
We had four rounds of Trivia and four teams. It was highly competitive, everybody in my company is highly competitive. It was super fun, and at the end of the four rounds, it was a tie, between the team that I was on and another team. In fact, there was something that we had to do in order to break the tie, and that game or the thing that we had to do was a dance-off.
Now, of course, every single member of my team was pointing at me. They wanted me to do it probably because they wanted me to embarrass myself. Then, of course, this lovely young woman, Sherise, who’s part of our team, was selected for the other team. We had to dance, and the song was Baby Got Back and I did not mess around. I was going to give it my all and Sherise gave it her all. In the end, Sherise won. Now, Maybe I need to teach my team a little something or two about voting on some fly dance moves that I have, but that’s for another TMD.
Today, my left knee was really bothering me, and normally when I go to the gym, I do legs. I know that’s hard to believe, but I really do. I had to do something to help myself, not avoid the pain, but go into the pain and see what I can do to help improve the function of my knee as well as my symptoms. Because I was definitely having problems squatting, fully extending the knee, etc. I came to the gym, rode the bike, did balance training, did flexibility work, and did joint mobility work. Know, I’m doing much better. The lesson is going there into the pain sometimes will help you avoid long-term problems and long-term challenges.
Whether it is physical, emotional, or professional, sometimes you just have to go into the pain, do what you can to address the issue, and see what happens. Maybe the pain gets worse, maybe we need to do something else, maybe the pain and the function and our lives get better and we can continue to progress and improve.
I want to encourage you safely to go into your pain zone, don’t have fear avoidance so that you can live a much healthier and happier life.
That’s a week’s Two Minute Drill. I will talk to you all next week.