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Let Go First, Then Move Forward

Let Go First, Then Move Forward

By Greg Kozera– 

It was a sunny, cool fall afternoon. A great day for soccer. I love the game and being part my adult league team. For years our adult league played on rough grass fields. I was thrilled to be playing on our new turf fields. Playing in the second half I felt strong and was having fun. I chased down a loose ball planted my left foot and cleanly sent the ball up field with my right foot to one of my teammates. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground. As I laid there I thought, “Crap I just twisted my knee”. My teammates helped me over to the bench.

I cooled down, iced my knee and rehydrated. When I stood up to go to my car the pain in my quads was tremendous. We headed to the emergency room. After blood work, x-rays, CT Scan and MRI over several days it was determined I, “Had a sports injury”. I ruptured tendons in both quads. Not sure how that happened and neither did the doctors. Several said my age could be a factor. They did say we can keep our muscles in tone with training but our tendons and ligaments get brittle as we get older. Surgery on both knees repaired the problem but required no pressure on my legs for 5 weeks. That meant being in a wheelchair. I’m used to change but not this much change this fast.

The world has changed and is continuing to change rapidly. Some of the things that made us successful in the past won’t keep us in business today. Most won’t take us to the next level if we want to grow. Just like me in the hospital bed or wheelchair. The bed was secure and safe. There was risk in transferring to a wheelchair that I was happy to take. Once adapting to the wheelchair there was a risk moving to a walker. There is the pain of working muscles during therapy. My legs had not supported weight for 6 weeks. My muscles had deteriorated. Could I stand? Would I fall? How painful would it be? How difficult would it be? Moving from a walker to walking requires more risk. It requires more work to strengthen muscles since there won’t be any external support and nothing to hold on to if my legs fail. Just like in business, letting go of what has worked in the past and is comfortable requires risk.

I recall a couple that attended our church. After an illness, the wife ended up in a wheelchair. I asked the husband if his wife would ever be able to walk again, he responded, “She can walk when she wants to, if she does the work. The wheelchair is too comfortable for her.” Sadly, she never walked again. One of the things that drives me to do the work to get out of the walker is the work I’m doing for Shale Crescent USA. Our mission is bigger than any individual but it takes everyone working together to get it done. My other goal is to run a half-marathon again next December.

Moving into a new year organizations and individuals have goals or plans they want to accomplish. Many people have New Year’s resolutions. In business, this might be revenue, profit increases or other improvements. Individuals may want to make improvements like weight loss, increased exercise or in their finances. We all want to do more or better. Most goals or resolutions don’t last very long. I’m a member at the YMCA. I hate January. The place is packed with new year’s resolution folks. By February most of the resolution folks are gone and things are back to normal.

Before setting new goals, we first need to decide what to let go of. What do you or your organization need to quit doing? Letting go is what gives us the time or funds we need to accomplish those things we know are important. Joining a gym or the YMCA requires money and time to work out. Adding more to an already busy schedule means something doesn’t get done or everything suffers. Consider deciding what to let go of BEFORE setting new goals.

On December 31, 2020, what do you want your world to look like? How are your relationships? How are your finances? How is your health? How is your business or career doing? Are you happy? Are you doing things that are holding you back? What things could you quit doing and still achieve your 2020 vision. Sometimes we need to say “No” to good things to make room for better things. To get out of my wheelchair I needed to be at physical therapy 3 days a week and do exercises at home. I had to let go of some of what I was doing for Shale Crescent to go to therapy.

For Shale Crescent USA, at the beginning of last year I was doing presentations to local groups. As we obtained more leads and prospects I knew I would need to spend more time in sales. I had to let go of the local presentations and some other tasks to spend more time in sales. Nathan and other volunteers took over the local presentations the other tasks. Today almost all of my time is in sales and marketing. We are seeing positive results.

Are your 2020 goals challenging enough for you to let go of those things that may be holding you back or have outlived their usefulness. I have to let go of my walker if I’m going to run that half-marathon. What is your half-marathon?

Thoughts to ponder.

© 2019 Shale Crescent USA

Greg Kozera, is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Shale Crescent USA. He is a professional engineer with a Masters in Environmental Engineering who has over 40 years’ experience in the energy industry. Greg is a leadership expert and the author of four books and numerous published articles.