We’ve talked before about internal obstacles and how our worst enemy can be in-between our ears. Today, let’s look at external obstacles. I had a coach tell me they fell into three overall categories: fears, considerations, and roadblocks.
Fears are internal roadblocks disguised as external roadblocks. Fears are things that haven’t happened yet. If we look at it honestly, they may never happen. Some people describe them as “fantasized experiences appearing real.” Many of the worst fears in my life never happened. I do know that the more energy I give to my fears, the more likely they are to show up. The more I look for something, the more I see it.
Considerations are potential obstacles that we can do something about. If a dream job requires a certain certification, it is valuable to know we may need more training. Or, it is worth exploring to see if anyone has ever been hired in that position without the certification. The weather report is a consideration. If it is going to rain, we may just need to bring an umbrella, rather than cancelling our trip all together.
Roadblocks can be seen as detours, rather than signs to stop and abandon our journey. I have a vision of helping hospitals operate more efficiently and with more time to specifically address patient care. After a year of presenting my ideas to the healthcare industry, I came across a roadblock. This roadblock said, we don’t know you and we don’t trust you because you are an outsider. This roadblock gave me an opportunity either stop my journey and give up on my dreams or to take a detour. In my case, the detour looked like more training, education, and networking in the health sector. After obtaining a PhD in Public Health, I’ve gained more experience, credentials, and met people in this industry. The detour will take a lot of time, but I felt it was the best way to overcome the roadblock for me.
Clear your mind. Your heart is trying to tell you something. TinyBuddha.com