My son plays college baseball and had some knee problems this past season. The problem was a nagging pain in his patellar tendon (think knee cap) that was severe enough to cause discomfort both on and off the field and limit his ability to perform at the level he wanted.
As you might expect, the training staff got him an MRI and the input of a local doctor. He ultimately recommended surgery. The other option was to stop playing baseball and let the body heal naturally, but it wasn’t clear how long that might take.
To complicate matters further, I checked with a few people I knew, one a former college trainer and the other an ex-professional athlete. While they knew the injury was fairly common they had never heard of using surgery to repair it.
So my son wasn’t clear about what to do and felt stuck. Obviously the issue wasn’t life threatening, but a decision about what to do next would require him to get a second opinion.
We live in a world where we get second opinions on things that are important to us—from schools for our kids, to the right CPA, to a good vacation spot. In fact, I would argue that most of our decision making is based on second opinions.
So, a few weeks ago I was reading an article in a financial magazine about the financial crisis of the past eight months and the many people who feel stuck right now—unsure what to do next, almost frozen by uncertainty.
Unfortunately, many people believe it would be easier to ignore their present circumstances, pretend it didn’t happen, like an ostrich that buries its head in the sand. Maybe you have talked yourself into believing there is nothing you can or should do? Everyone’s in the same boat, so what’s the point?
I had to ask myself, why, if you were stuck, wouldn’t you just go get a second opinion given an issue as important as your financial future?
Another set of eyes on your financial situation can provide fresh perspective, unleash new alternatives, create a plan of action where there currently isn’t one, or re-jigger an old strategy with new assumptions. It can build momentum by re-focusing you on your passions and creating significance in your life and the world around you. In short, get you unstuck.
BTW, my son got his second opinion, had the surgery and is recovering nicely.