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10 Things I’ve Learned About Injury and the Importance of Mindset


Huge thanks to Shana Johnstone for allowing us to share her most recent writings.

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Injury and the Importance of Mindset

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on injury and mindset. Maybe that’s what happens when you spend a long time injured, I don’t know. But while I’m certainly not an expert on the topic, I can tell you with some confidence that how you think about an injury, and yourself with that injury, affects your experience. Mindset matters.

Before we dive in, there’s another mindset piece at play in the reading of this piece, so let’s address that one first: Comparison isn’t helpful. It can be tempting to compare your injury to another person’s and dismiss their experience because they haven’t been injured for as long as you have, or it’s a different injury, obtained in a different way. Or, you may think that your experience matters less if others are more seriously injured than you, or injured more often, or if their injury seems to have a greater impact on their life. If you find yourself comparing, just stop. Stop it now. This is about you (well, actually, it’s about me), not other people. Each of us has an injury experience that is valid and specific.

Go ahead and relate to others, though. Empathize and share your experience. We can learn from each other.

Okay, then. You’re injured. I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve been injured too, and I thought that by sharing some of what I’ve learned that it may help you.

Coming up next:
1. Figure out if you are willing to address mindset