Karen Litzy is a physical therapist by trade and had to overcome debilitating chronic pain to regain her life, and ultimately build a business helping individuals live pain free lives.
Pain is often a concept that is misunderstood that leads to people living their lives with chronic pain. Imagine for a moment that your main goal for the day was to simply get out of bed in the mornings. This was the reality Karen lived in for over 6 years. Now imagine while dealing with pain every day, you are running a business, trying to have a social life and simply meet people.
It wasn’t until coming across information from David Butler the author of Explain Pain that she began to see there was a way to truly treat the pain she was experiencing. With the right information she was able to reduce the pain she was experiencing by 90% in 2 months.
Because of her experiences with pain, Karen has built a business around helping individuals reduce chronic pain in their lives. There are several key things that are important if you are dealing with chronic pain and want to reduce them.
- Finding the right practitioner and form a good relationship with them. Reducing chronic pain is a healing process, and it is vital that you have the right relationship to heal the mind and body.
- Pain is a conscious experience of the body. For example if you step on a nail, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Pain is mean to protect you…it’s simply a harm alarm.
- Some people can be overly sensitive to pain. This can result in the mind perceiving pain that is actually not present.
- Fear avoidance can make pain worse. Your thoughts can result in making something in your life more painful than it actually is.
- Chronic pain can be harmful to your confidence, as you might feel a burden to people around you.
In growing her business there are several important topics Karen shared:
- Start your business off on the side if possible. By building her business in this fashion, she was able to have the security of her day job while in the early stages of entrepreneurial growth.
- Build the business to suit the lifestyle you want to live.
- Seek out proper advice. Getting the proper legal and accounting advice is worth its weight in gold as it will save you money in the long run.
- Learn to deal with control. It can be hard in the beginning to give up control to various aspects of your business, but in the long term it will help you grow.
- Hire a coach! All successful entrepreneurs have coaches!
- Build a team. As soon as you are able to, expand your business with team members such as a virtual assistant to handle various tasks. This will free you to focus on other tasks.
The resources Karen discussed in this episode are as follows: