In all of the work and stress I have had my gym and fitness have suffered greatly.
Not withstanding the fact that I am totally exhausted by the time I finish work and have tended to work minimum 12 hour days for 6 - 7 days a week this year I have also had a nagging shoulder injury since the beginning of the year.
My shoulder and arm have been giving me no end of pain and trouble.
At first the physio and my trainer thought it was a rotater cuff injury, because of the location and the lack of movement in the shoulder.
But after about 6 weeks of physio the rotater cuff is now fully mobile and I have been laying off the gym.
I am now suspecting that it's a combination of repetitive strain injury caused by working on the computer too much AND walking the beagle.
The latter being the more likely answer as the beagle is certainly not well behaved when she walks and pulls and stops and generally yanks me and my arm / shoulder around considerably.
So best way to discover whether this is the cause is to quite simply stop using my right arm to walk the dog and use my left instead.
I have another physio appointment in the morning and will discuss with the cute physio Ben then.
So the long and the short of it is I have not really worked out properly in about 6 - 8 weeks and I can feel the difference (and see too).
I have been told though that until the shoulder has stopped being painful and all the swelling goes down I do have to watch it and do exercises that do not involve or inflame my shoulder / arm.
Sure I go and do cardio every now and then but without being able to workout any upper body parts it kind of feels hollow
But I am very hopeful that the change in walking hand will work...
It's been a long while since I last blogged, mainly due to the lack of time to actually sit down and not be working.
The financial crisis the world is facing has made me quite stressed, I do tend to personalise and internalise things that I perceive as a threat to my security. Even though work has been growing in leaps and bounds I don't so much worry about today, I tend to worry about tomorrow and the day after.
On the work front we are busier than we have ever been and I am now starting to seriously plan (and look for) a new staff member to take up some of the workload that is coming our way.
It's funny, this time last year I was in much the same sort of panic about putting on another staff member. Worrying about whether we can afford them long term and whether they will be good for the business or bad.
The boy and I were talking about this last night in fact and I had forgotten that I pontificated for weeks and weeks on the relative merits of putting a new person on.
As a new older friend who has run his own business pointed out to me, sometimes you just have to be gung ho about these things and stop being overly conservative.
I did point out that it's in my nature to be conservative, both work wise and in many aspects of my life, again where it affects my perceived security. And my sense of security is partially about my financial stability and security.
In some ways I am not cut out to be an entrepreneur, in my mind an entrepreneur is supposed to the 'big swinging dick' and supposed to be totally gung ho about risks.
I am far more middle of the road about such things, AND I am certainly not the sort of person who is aggressive to people or bullies them to get their way.
But then on the other hand, as well as being ethical and fair I am aggressive in getting what I want and meeting my goals.
Which is I suppose is the point here.
I seem to have lost site of my goals with business.
Am I seeking to build a 'nice little earner' that makes me a good solid secure (or as secure as business can ever be) income?
Or am I seeking to go all for broke and potentially make a huge pile of cash?
Or is there something in between with all of this.
I need to dust off the old business and life plan and update it with some new goals and place some new strategies in place and get back on track.
I need to stop being reactive to the world and be proactive and know what I am wanting to achieve.
So my blog buddies, there it is a long winding post to get to the point of my understanding, that I need to re set my goals and objectives
The past month, start to the year has just been incredibly busy with work.
While the economy is going to shut in big business, in the small business market things have never been so bouyant. All of my small business clients are spending money and spending it with us it seems.
Although there is a general feeling of worry, worry about where the economy is heading and how this will affect the small business market.
It's a stressful time but I think that even though things will get a lot worse it's also a time of potential growth for some sectors.
In between working 12 hour days 7 days a week there has also been a whole lot of fun too.
Mardi GRAS was lots of fun and the toybox party was just plain amazing too.
We also went to Olympic diver matt mitcham's 21st birthday party last week which was interesting. Only a small party with a heap of people we knew and some we didn't too.
I think like most Sydney boys the next couple of weeks / months will be relatively low key as everyone recovers from all the excesses and gets back into the normalcy of life.