The Gift of Injury

Michael Shukis

The Gift of Injury


Contrary to popular opinion, injuries are not the end of the world. Of course, nobody likes getting injured. But just because you don't like something doesn't make it bad. For most people, injuries are a gift. At least they can be—if you choose to view them that way.  You always have a choice.

An injury shouldn't devastate or defeat you—it should motivate you. Injuries allow you to work on your weaknesses. They help you improve where you're vulnerable. You get a chance to hit the reset button and start fresh. You can learn more about yourself going through injuries and get the chance to come back better. An injury is a disguise for an opportunity if you choose to see it that way. They give you the chance to heal, improve, and return better than before.

But this opportunity isn't there unless you choose to see it. Will the injury derail you or end your career? Will you allow the injury to keep you down forever? Or will you choose to use the injury for good? Will you learn from it and return better than before? Injuries can have a positive or negative effect on your life, and you get to choose which one. The choice you make determines how you recover and what you learn during the process.

Opportunities are hidden in every injury to the person willing to look for them. It's not the injury that matters, but your response to it. Opportunities are everywhere for the person willing to look for them. People recover from injury better than ever all the time. But some never recover. What's the difference? Those that return better see the situation as a chance to learn and improve. They see a setback as a minor obstacle. Those that don't recover view injuries as a curse something bad that happened that they can do nothing about. They don't want to use it to get better.

Like most things in life, it's not what happens to you, but the response that matters. Injuries are bound to happen. Whether you play sports, work construction, or sit at a desk, things will happen. Your job is to do everything possible to prevent them, but know you might still get hurt. That's okay. It's not the injury that matters, but how you deal with it. Your response dictates what happens for the rest of your life.

So which person will you be? What choice will you make? Will you use the injury to get better? Or will you complain and accept it? We all have the same choice to make. Choose the one that makes you better.


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