Working injuries are unfortunately commonplace. So is the resulting medical complication, loss of working productivity, and general sorry state of affairs that occur after someone becomes injured. Everyone involved, especially the recipient of the injury, has a worse time because of it. This is an unfortunate side effect of our fast-paced culture. Thanks to general stringent safety checks that most businesses are responsible for, there has been a slow decrease of people getting injured every year, but it does happen.
However, as long as the injury isn’t debilitating, there are ways for you to make the most of it. No matter how much time you have off of work in recovery, you can use this period effectively to help you get an advantage in many fields. You’re probably not going to set a new running record, but you can put your mind to use and become a better person of it all.
Who knows, your injuries might make you eligible for some lucrative financial compensation.
Ask Yourself What You Want
First, you need to ask yourself what you want. Have you managed to progress in this direction so far, or have you taken a job that pays the bills and has been comfortable for the past few years? Your injury is a chance to change things. As horrible as experiencing any form of injury is that takes you from work, it might just give you enough mental space to really assess the way your life is proceeding.
Ask Yourself What You Deserve
You’ve obviously been working hard at your career, otherwise, you wouldn’t have become injured. Funny how life’s little ironies turn out. You should really pay credence to the fact that you are brilliant, and give yourself credit for every little working or personal achievement you’ve accomplished so far. You deserve a great future. Ask yourself what you should work even harder to attain, and make goals to attain them. Make the goals realistic, bite-sized, and most importantly, achievable. This will give you the motivation and discipline necessary to turn the plan into action.
Ask Yourself How You’ve Done
Reflecting honestly about what you’ve achieved in the last year, what you wanted to have achieved, and how you can improve will allow you to get a clearer mental picture of where you’re going. You might have found some strengths within that you didn’t know you had. You also might feel that there are a few weaknesses that you don’t want to emulate in the future. Identify these. Most people don’t do this and instead thrive on instinct. It can’t hurt you to have a clear mental picture of who you are and what you want. Instead of hurting your instinct, it will inform it. You’ll be so excited to begin life anew when you’re healed that you’ll barely be able to contain yourself.
Ask Yourself What You Can Do
Injuries help put things in perspective. If you feel like you’ve been shirking a few responsibilities, now is the time to address and plan to resolve them. If you have paperwork issues you’ve been neglecting, see to them now, body and mind willing. Assess your finances, and plan to make them better. If you’re in bad credit, ask yourself why and try not to make the same mistake in future. Want to begin a new business? Develop your idea and research where you’d enter the market. The world is your oyster.
Taking this time to sit back and assess can almost make any injury worthwhile. You’ll be a more valuable person for the attempt.
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