It’s safe to say that we’ve all been held up by something we could have lived perfectly happy without. And it’s safe to say that when we are held up by these things we often get frustrated and annoyed. It’s only the natural response, when things are in our way we like to move them, but often times things are much to large to simply push out of our paths.
I could list a million little roadblocks that I’ve come across, the most recent one being this awful case of Lyme I have currently. My beautiful summer plans for after graduation disappeared. I haven’t moved out because I haven’t been able to pick up all the work I would need too. In fact, if I had moved out I’d have to move back in. I feel like I’m not making much progress and I’ve missed out on things I was looking forward too (including a postponed trip to NYC.)
Roadblocks suck, and dealing with them isn’t always easy. Sometime the only way to deal with them is to wait, and if you’re anything like me waiting seems almost unbearable at times. So what do you do? How do stand behind a roadblock and just deal with it?
- Figure out what type of roadblock you have. Is this a roadblock that will disappear on it’s own with time? Is it one you’re going to have spend hours trying to get rid of so you can continue with your dreams? Or is it one that you could find a logical way to detour around?
- For a second pretend like your road is less of a road and more of a river. There is a huge block in the middle, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze little tiny bits of water forward. Maybe your big plan can’t move on like you wanted, but you can have all these little mini streams still running. Work on what you can, even if it’s not what you were planning to work on.
- What caused this roadblock? Was it something out of your control or was it a direct result of something you’ve done in the past. This won’t help with the current roadblock but it can help you from creating more in your future.
- Make of list of all the paths you can take, including the one that is blocked. What are the pros and cons of the other. The path you were on might have been the best one, but the cons of getting rid of the roadblock might bump it back to the second or third best.