A former boss of mine loved this quote. If you think about it, it's very much true.
An example of this type of thinking was highlighted in a documentary I watched yesterday on Hulu about food brands that made America. One of them was Heinz. Henry Heinz went bankrupt after his first business quest to market horseradish sauce failed. And he fell into a deep depression.
A year later, Henry perfected a tomato ketchup that turned into a very popular local product. Seeing the need to expand distribution; he built the first manufacturing plant with electricity and mass assembly. An idea Henry Ford eventually used for cars.
So, what’s the point, Tom?
Be open to change. You can’t change if you don’t want to change, if you don’t know you can change, or if you don’t know you need changing.
Most chronic pain treatment has focused solely on biomedical therapies such as drugs and interventions. But as Dr. Rachel Zoffness has noted, if we only treat pain with biomedical therapies, we’re missing two-thirds of the factors involved in chronic pain – psychological (our thoughts and beliefs, emotions, and behaviors) and social (our status in life and interactions with other people and society, in general).
Explore more. We have more control over pain than what we may think. And much of that comes with changing how we think about pain. If we can learn to accept chronic pain and learn it doesn’t mean more us more harm, we can use a variety of coping tools to manage the pain and live well, despite it.
This article from Dr. Zoffness is very telling. Hope you find it helpful!
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