For You When You Hit A Roadblock
Keep your course. Keep thinking creatively. You know your solutions so commit to them.
A few days ago I dropped one of my clients. They were a new one that I picked up at the end of last month to hopefully support me financially for this coming month.
But after working with them for a little bit, I could tell there were going to be issues.
Instead of powering through, I did the thing that scared me the most: dropped them.
It’s scary for me as my current roadblock right now is building myself back up to where I was at before COVID happened. Being able to cover my expenses and have plenty leftover to fuel my hobbies and save up for the future.
It’s a roadblock that I’m fully aware that I created, but it’s still something I need to overcome.
All of us these days are facing our own kind of roadblocks. Whether we placed them there ourselves or they emerged from the ether based on our own pursuit of something it doesn’t matter.
But after being down this road before, there are three things that helped me to develop and I think they’ll help you too:
Keep your course.
Keep thinking creatively.
You know your solutions so commit to them.
Here is what I mean by each one.
Keep Your Course
Humanity is always progressing.
Even though that statement could be easily argued against, humanity overall is progressing forward in many ways. This is what I mean by “keep your course.”
Keep on progressing, even if it means slowing down from the momentum you’ve built up. Even if it means taking a step away from something.
Progress I find works in unusual ways. Even if it looks like things are grim or that things seem to be regressing, there are newer things that are emerging and those new things can be good.
While that will never overshadow any pain or negativity that happened before, you can’t deny that something good came from something bad or not as progressive.
That’s okay. Keep the course and keep making it better and better.
This brings me to my next point.
Keep Thinking Creatively
Pablo Picasso put it nicely:
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Even if you’re not an artist yourself, this quote still is important as it teaches us to have that childlike wonder — to have an inner child mind.
A child is more joyful, energized, and curious compared to the average adult. But as adults, we are still fully capable of tapping into that child-like mind. And we should do so more often. After all, there is one other aspect to a child’s mind that will prove useful as adults:
More specifically creative thinking. It’s a thought of mind that there are multiple solutions to any individual problem. The only thing is these solutions aren’t always so obvious and people tend to get tunnel vision on the first solution to present itself.
Whether it’s a sensible solution or not even, which is troubling.
On top of that, creative thinking also uses the rationale of an adult. Tapping into years of knowledge and experience and beliefs to come up with hopefully sensible and realistic solutions to your problems.
While we have no way of knowing where a solution will lead us, keep thinking creatively can allow you to weave through your own issues in life and come up with ways you can solve, leverage, and grow from those experiences.
You Know Your Solutions, So Commit To Them
The last thing is to keep taking action.
It’s different than “keep the course” as I tend to use that first bit as a reminder to move forward. It doesn’t mention specifically how or why, but rather that you must.
This last reminder reinforces everything up to this point. If you’re thinking creatively, you’ve already come up with plenty of solutions to your problems. You’ve been able to do that by reminding yourself to keep making that progress and not dwelling so much on the roadblock itself but rather how to overcome it.
This final reminder is used as the push to get you moving and to start climbing up and over that roadblock for as long as it takes.
Inner strength and inner motivation is essential for any kind of progress. You don’t want your motivation to be from an external source that you have little or no control over.
Your inner motivation will keep you moving forward, keep you thinking of new ways to solve problems and encourage you to instill better and healthier habits to lift you up.
This is how you’ll be able to commit to your solutions and work with them until the end.
Life without roadblocks or problems is a life where progress can’t be made. We all have desires and from those desires, problems begin to arise. Whenever you are struggling and you’re not sure what to do, remind yourself of these three things:
Keep the course. This soon shall pass, so focus on what’s ahead of you.
Keep thinking creatively. Always be coming up with new solutions to your problems. Use them to get excited.
Keep taking action. Execute, reflect, grow, try something different. You’ve got this!