Five Steps Helping Deal With Chronic Pain

Dealing With Chronic Pain can be difficult

First, I want to make sure you understand I am not a physician so before you do anything, consult your medical professional. I am a guy who has suffered with one type of pain or another most of my life. Thirteen major surgeries over sixty years. Five on my hip with two total replacements, knee replacement, torn quad tendon, gall bladder surgery, gastric bypass, hand surgery and two shoulder operations other then that I’m doing great.

I have learned over the years  that when you suffer with pain you do it on your own. Yes, there can be family and friends that sympathize and empathize with you. They can tell you how badly they feel for you but you must suffer alone and when you are alone late at night lying in bed in pain it can be the loneliest felling you will ever feel. I have found five steps to help deal with chronic pain.

One thing that I realize, but I’m not always good at, is that complaining and whining when dealing with chronic pain doesn’t help. Yes, we always can use some sympathy but at the end of the day it doesn’t  help the pain. I have found five steps to help deal with chronic pain.

Here are 5 steps helping you deal with chronic pain:

  1. See a professional that specializes in your issue. If you have back pain, see a back specialist. Your General Practitioner can only do so much, hopefully he or she will refer you without having to ask but if not you need to demand a referral.
  2. Medication will only mask the pain and help you deal with the pain for a period a period of time. Also, the Opioids they prescribe today are extremely addictive and can cause you greater issues than the pain. You need to find a doctor that can help solve your problem.
  3. Don’t be afraid to have surgery I know many individuals that suffer daily but refuse to have surgery to repair their injury. I can’t tell you how much better I feel since I had my recent knee replacement. Sure, there was some challenges with surgery but it was well worth it.
  4. Never give up looking for the right treatment. Medicine and medical procedures get better daily and you just don’t know when they will find a cure for your pain.

Below is a great article from Spine -Health by William W. Deardorff, PHD, ABPP

He states in the first paragraph:

“People with severe, chronic back pain know how it can utterly disrupt and damage one’s life. Chronic back pain can be cruel—making it hard to enjoy even the simplest daily activities or carry out an exercise routine.”

How correct he is click below to read the complete article.


It Takes Courage To Sell Insurance

Courage to Sell?

“Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning” This is according to Wikipedia.

Fortitude is probably the better word for what it takes to be successful in sales . I prefer to use the word courage.

Statistics and studies have shown that call reluctance is the number one “killer” of sales reps. Because when interviewed many  reps say they could not find enough potential individuals to buy. Yet the insurance industry shows statistics that  44% of all Americans own no life insurance. Think about that pool of potential clients.

Call Reluctance/Phone Courage

Call reluctance /phone courage is and always has been the largest enigma in the insurance industry. The issue with call reluctance has and still is an issue that confounds  sales managers and sales reps.

I believe that the answer can be found in “courage”  the courage to face the uncertainty of the rejection that could come from a phone call, the danger of having  your emotions attacked. Every issue in the first paragraph of this article can come in to play when we talk about call reluctance/phone courage.

Below is a great article showing the extreme problem call reluctance  is in the sales industry:

The Answer

Here are three steps you can use to overcome call reluctance/phone courage:

  1. Work on your belief in what you are doing.  You have to believe in something larger than just money to find the courage to do what is difficult.
    • Realize we save individuals financial lives.
    • Think about what you can do for your family.
  2. Develop a system
    •  A specific call time ( same time same day every week)
    • Study the Psychology of selling and understand that 80% of all appointments are secured after the third no.
    • Have a constant sall strategy that you live by.
  3. Don’t give up
    1. Persistence wins over all

Good luck,