An email from a reader of our QBQ! QuickNote blogs …
I just read your blog titled “Why I’ll Never Go Into the Woods Again!” You wrote, “Sometimes our fears hold us back from ‘climbing that mountain,’ ‘reaching the summit,’ and ‘being our best.’”
Prior to getting into my “fear” story, I should tell you that wherever I go, I carry your QBQ! book. A little tattered and torn now, but by reading a chapter each day, I am able to stay on track. I’ve learned that personal accountability is what I need to practice at work and at home.
My story is about a “fear” that just became part of my life in the last few weeks and how I am managing it.
At 62, I’m a pretty fit guy. But recently, I went to see my doctor for a sore throat that had been bothering me for several weeks—and I got quite a surprise.
I was diagnosed with throat cancer.
My first thoughts were, What!?! Not me! I’ve never smoked or chewed tobacco! I run half marathons, I’m not supposed to get sick!
But, it was true. After many tests and lots of poking and prodding, the docs had concluded my cancer is in “stage 2” and I’ll need eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
So here’s how I’m handling it all:
Having read QBQ! over and over and worked hard to live your message of personal accountability day after day, year after year, I find I’m able to deal with my situation more as a “task to be completed” than a “woe is me” thing. I refuse to let fear seep in.
Over the past few years, an attitude of personal accountability has become my natural response to any challenge, whether at work or in my home life. I can’t tell you exactly when my “QBQ! transformation” took place, but it did. As I’ve used QBQ! more and more, I’ve learned this:
When you practice personal accountability until it’s second nature, you become oblivious that you are practicing personal accountability.
You see, John, the self-awareness I’ve gained and the positive attitude I’ve developed by embracing the spirit of QBQ! and making personal accountability part of my life, make this cancer thing “just another challenge.” In fact, the treatment for and the recovery from this are—to use the words from your blog—my “mountain to climb.”
And I will climb it. My wife and I have seven grandkids to enjoy!
Is it daunting? Yep. Is it doable? Yep!
So, as I head off for my chemotherapy and radiation therapy sessions tomorrow, you can bet my trusty QBQ! book will be by my side.
Thanks for listening, John!
We all have our “mountains to climb”—some bigger than others. What challenge has QBQ! helped you face? We’d love to hear about it!