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youthful vigor
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flu like symptoms
blood work
happy life
hypothyroidism
twenty minutes
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thyroid
Take Your Medicine: An Entrepreneur's Guide
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Take Your Medicine: An Entrepreneur\'s Guide

I went for five years suffering from flu-like symptoms that never went away. I didn't know what to do! I had been to the doctor and he only said that it was due to stress. Having nine kids have anything to do with that? I didn't feel like I was stressed out, I just felt tired all the time!

Life continued and I was on the verge of giving up hope for a normal life again. I was exhausted all the time and couldn't enjoy daily activities with the youthful vigor I was so accustomed to!

After one particularly severe argument, I was told I needed to get my posterior to the doctor or risk having non-reparable damage done to it! I began the search for a new doctor.

After paperwork was all filled out, I was called back to be examined. Oh, here we go! Another you are just stressed out, here is your prescription and have a happy life.

The nurse that led me back to the exam room asked me a strange question. She asked if I was taking my thyroid pills. I said I didn't know that I needed to be taking any such pills. She began to ask me questions like: "Do you feel tired all the time?" "Feeling irritable and cranky?" "Do you wake from sleeping and feel like you haven't slept at all?"

Wow! I answered every question with a resounding YES! It took a nurse just looking at me to know that I had a condition that normally affected women! Blood work was done to confirm what the nurse had already known. I had hypothyroidism!

I couldn't believe it! I took the prescription for thyroxin and headed for the pharmacy. Twenty minutes later I took my first pill.

After taking the medication for 5 days, I began to notice that I felt rested when I awoke. I felt more energetic and alive! Taking that little tiny pill did that for me!

Let's just say I go the doctor, get my prescription, and even have the script filled. I then take that bottle of pills and I go home and put them on the shelf in the medicine cabinet. Oh, I might have taken a pill here or there, maybe. Sounds strange doesn't it! After five long years of struggles and I just put the pills that could help me feel better on the shelf? What a crazy notion!

I even paid for the doctor's visits and I paid for the medicine, but what good does it do if I put the pills on the shelf and never take them? Yup, the same exact outcome if I had never been to the doctor in the first place!

Sounds crazy as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs doesn't it? And yet it happens all the time.

Let me name a few here and see if they hit home with you.

You want to learn how to speak Spanish, so what do you do? You begin to look for and buy books, cds, and even special programs to help you to learn Spanish. You begin reading, listening, and interacting on the program you bought. But it is short lived.

Soon the tools you bought soon end up on the shelf, never to be used again. Did you learn Spanish? Nope! Now you couldn't even tell me you were thirsty and needed a drink of water in Spanish!

Name a program! It could be that new diet plan, way to make loads of cash on the internet, or any number of other programs out there!

Get my point? It does no good to go to the doctor and get diagnosed, receive the medication and then store it on the shelf and never use it!

If you want to 'you fill in the blank' then you have got to find what works for you. Others cannot do it for you. You may even be told that it is just stress! (wrong diagnosis!) You won't know until you read the book, take the pill, do the exercises, etc.

Now this ole cowboy has done his share of putting that medicine on the shelf to collect dust, but no more! It's time to experiment and have some fun as I do it! Stay tuned! More musings are on the way!


Street Talk

I love it! How many times do we do this in life? Too many... most of the time we don't even realize we are doing it. We need to just go at it full force, whatever that may be.

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  about 7 years ago

Very true! The difference over time is so subtle that we don't notice, until one day someone looks at you and goes "Are you taking your medicine?" It's been a wake up call for me many times! Thanks for reading and for your great input, Karen!

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

When you get too much feedback, too much advice, too much contradictory advice, you get paralysis. That's the enemy of progress, whether it's Internet marketing, learning Spanish, or figuring out why you're tired all the time. Sometimes it's best to just go ahead using your own instincts, sink or swim. More than likely, you'll swim.

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  about 7 years ago

Ah! Great advice! I like it! Swimming in the ocean of solutions! Do you have the swimming skills? How about scuba diving skills? Help! throw me a life preserver! I left my life vest on the boat! Reminds me of how my dad 'helped' me to learn to swim! Thanks again, Joan, for the read and the great comment!

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  about 7 years ago

I look forward to the next adventure.

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  about 7 years ago

Awesome! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  about 7 years ago

Jay has said it all, "move the arse" is the message. Motivation... self motivation and discipline...

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  about 7 years ago

Yup, very true! You do get around don't you, Rob! Thanks!

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  about 7 years ago

If we are going to make an attempt at some improvement in our lives and are willing to purchase a product to help us with that improvement then we better not give up on ourselves. The secret ingredient is usually not in the new product or pill but rather in ourselves. There are no magic products out there that I know of. Often, we already have all the tools we need to get the job done well but it is just so tempting to go out and get that new product or tool

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  about 7 years ago

You got my point exactly! Thank you Jay! It's not the product or the tool! It is our inner drive and motivation that makes the difference! Notice I am not selling anything here, just the fact that we need to get off our duffs (read the book, exercise, etc.) I call it taking the pill everyday! Success is found in action! Thanks for the great comment, Jay!

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  about 7 years ago
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