Extra Points – Achilles Heel

The Achilles HeelCaptain reading the paper

Last summer, I suffered an injury to my Achilles heel. For people my age, it’s a very common malady. After visiting my doctor, I learned that what I actually had was a condition called Achilles “tendonosis.” The difference between tendonosis and tendonitis is that “isis” is acute, and “osis” means chronic.  Basically, this was an ailment that I would have to forever be dealing with.

After much care last year, the symptoms went away. This year, they popped back up recently. I can blame it all I want on walking hills and overuse, yet the problem is me. I felt better, so I stopped doing what improved it.

When you have Achilles pain, you discover that it greatly affects your normal walking. I realized that this small part of my otherwise healthy and able body was causing chaos. It was slowing my progress, forcing me to divert to different routes, causing pain, and generally being a nuisance and distraction.

What is your Achilles heel in your life? My guess is that each of us have blights that keep us from maximizing our talents and value. Something that makes us distracted, waste time, deal with pain, or just simply cause chaos. This Achilles heel is keeping you from reaching your potential. AND, if you suffer from the chronic “osis,” you’re allowing it to drag on and on, with the danger that you will never fix it and could “rupture” your dreams and passions.

The moral of today’s story is this…Fix it. Fix whatever allegorical Achilles heel you’ve been carrying around before it becomes chronic, or worse, ruptures. The sooner you identify it and then eliminate it, the sooner you will be unleashed from it’s burden. Now, get “walking!”

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.

~ Richard Wright

Join my new weekly Unleashed Google ON AIR Hangout today at 3 pm PST / 6:00 PM EST. Note the time change due to my travel. This will be our topic of discussion. It’s free, it’s cool; and your invited. Come join us and bring your questions and observations.

Your Achilles Heel…

Last week, I did an inordinate amount of walking hills. My Achilles heel had been feeling better since it flared up last summer, but the hill walking must have aggravated that bad boy and I got more inflammation. The bottom line is it hurts!

As I was walking up the hill grimacing with every step, I realized that this small part of my otherwise healthy and able body was causing chaos. It was slowing my progress, making me divert to routes less hilly, causing pain, and generally being a nuisance and distraction. Those of you who have dealt with this injury know what I’m talking about.

The same holds true in your business or career.

What’s the Achilles heel in your life? In other words, what’s causing you pain, distraction, and forcing you to divert your route?The bottom line here is that it hurts you. You may not feel as symptomatic, but it’s there and if not dealt with can cause a rupture to your plans. Don’t let that Achilles heel in your business or career slow you down. Fix it now.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved