I am shocked at certain times of day by the amount of traffic I see on the interstates and in town—obviously, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. But sometimes it’s all day long. I can often never even pinpoint a reason for it. No holidays, no wrecks, no bad weather. It just simply happens.
If you’re like me, you’ve also experienced this feeling in another area—your life.
In life you can come to a complete stop and not even know why. It can be a helpless feeling sometimes.
If you are truly creative, if you are truly unusual, if you truly have a talent that is not obvious to anyone but you—then you may be totally frustrated with the lack of awareness of those around you.
Only you see what no one else can see. Initially you will not be comfortable with this. It is unsettling. It is odd. And you begin to wonder if it is you who is the odd one.
This is known as the audacity of the obvious.
It does not have to stay that way. You can take action. Stop and think! Consider your options. You do have them. Write them down and think them out. Look at possibilities. Brainstorm. List as many different ways to get something done as possible.
Right now, take 15 minutes towards your number one ambition in life. Just 15 minutes. Do something towards it now. This will usually involve writing. On the computer. On a notepad. In a journal. Bottom line is you must have a visual of these different things. Write them down. This always helps me.
(Yes, I still need to go through this process. You would not believe how often.)
There are limitations with your thoughts. Despite what people say, you can really only think one thought at a time. Therefore, it helps to see 10 thoughts at once. When you write out possibilities, do not think of why something will not work. All things are possible on this list. We will go back and fine-tune the list later.
This is called a thought strategy. And you must have one if you are going to proceed full out in the most outstanding way.
A quick reminder: this is about your life. It is limited. There is an end. Just a reminder.
Once you have a list of 10, go back and write the pros and cons of each. Some are absolutely not feasible at this time. Some cost too much money. For others, you may not have all the resources you need at the moment.
Document what you are thinking. It is imperative to have these thoughts available for review at a later date.
It is the accumulation of these thoughts that will someday prove your brilliance.
These thoughts will either confirm your direction or alter, even in a small way, how you will arrive at your destination.
Notice I did not say “final” destination. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination. The journey is the reward. Some could even consider this time on this planet a rest stop along the eternal highway of life.
We are looking for what can be done today. You may not solve it today. But you will move forward one step at a time. And that is what must be done to accomplish anything. Just one step at a time.
Rarely is one afraid of one step. It’s the long run, the long jump, jumping the tall building…that people are afraid of. You do not eat the entire buffet. You eat a small plate of food, one bite at a time.
This is exactly the way it is in life. It’s always been about baby steps. People sometimes get confused and act like a baby instead of taking baby steps. Strength comes in baby steps. Little successes along the way will be a huge encouragement.
This is what will set you apart. You are not afraid. Not anymore. You can do this. Take 15 minutes right now and lay out the steps. I do not want you waiting in traffic any longer.
A roadblock is a temporary installation set up to control or block traffic along a road. A pothole is a type of disruption in the surface of a roadway where a portion of the road material has broken away, leaving a hole.
Let me know what you are doing to not be hindered, delayed, or held back by either one. Feel like you’re in a situation that can’t be overcome? Let’s talk about it.