Know Your Options
Tony Robbins said, “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.”
When I was trying to figure out how to fight cancer, I didn’t just follow the doctor’s orders. I wanted to make sure I KNEW what my options were. I spent a significant amount of time exploring the options. I believe an educated consumer is a smart consumer, especially when it comes to health care. When life throws you a curve ball, knowing your options is the first step in working through it.
You may be facing any number of problems in your life. Even if you don’t have something as life-threatening as cancer, you could have financial, relationship or work issues you are dealing with. Do you feel stranded, or like a victim with no place to turn?
The first step when looking at options is knowing what you really want. When the doctor told me I had options for my treatment that I should know about for dealing with cancer, I didn’t want to hear it. I was not in a place mentally to even consider the options. I was in a fog. I had not come to grips with the fact that I wanted to fight and live. Eventually, I knew that I needed and wanted to educate myself with the options. I knew I wanted the option that would have the least negative impact on my overall health.
Knowing your options is also about knowing your choices. One of the things I always wanted to teach the kids that I coached is that making the right choices was also knowing all the options. For the kids that I coached, I was a role model and strived to always set an example. One of the things I hope that I instilled in kids I coached is that no matter what challenge they faced or goal they wanted to achieve, to always look for the options.
Whatever you do in life, you always have options and choices. The more you take responsibility for knowing your options and making the right choices the richer your life will be. None of us are victims unless we choose to be. That does not mean that bad things that are out of our control will not happen.
What are your options for your life and major decisions? There are always various ways to deal with anything in your life. Always look at your options for dealing with any situation, you will be amazed at how empowering it is. Live your best live now.
About the blogger @TomHulsey
After Tom beat cancer and achieved his post-surgery goals, he turned his focus to education and advocacy. He is a Board Member at ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer, volunteers at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center, and Reviewer for the DoD’s (Department of Defense) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. He is the author of the soon-to-be released book, THE WINNING MINDSET THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to cancer research.