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8. Establish new goals unrelated to the injury


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

8. Establish new goals unrelated to the injury

Chances are that you can work around your injury to train other parts of the body. See this as an opportunity to work on weaknesses or develop new skills and commit to their improvement.

Like I did, you may discover an affinity for a type of movement or training you didn’t know you could enjoy. It’s even possible that you may like the new focus so much that it takes precedence even after your injury resolves. But at worst, you’ll get stronger or more skilled at something, and that can only be useful.

As you work on your new goals, seeing progress over time, that long wait (see #7) for your injury to heal may diminish a bit in its hold over you, and reaching new training goals even while injured takes much of the sting away.

It’s possible, of course, that your injury is such that physical training of nearly any kind isn’t recommended right now. If that’s the case, respect it, and look for non-training or non-physical goals you can pursue.

Coming up next:
9. Embrace (or discover) your whole identity

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