Negotiating Roadblocks

Title: Negotiating Roadblocks

Quote: All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realise when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.  ~ Walt Disney

What do the greats of the world have in common? Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Angelou Maya, Steve Jobs, Nick Vujicic, Walt Disney, Ed Sheeran, Kate Sheppard and Florence Nightingale - all these people have something in common with each other - and with you. There were massive obstacles in their lives. Each of these men and women learned to overcome difficulties to achieve significant success.

There will always be obstacles, roadblocks and difficulties. The secret to overcoming them is not to allow the roadblock to be your focus, but to focus on the success beyond the roadblock. The inner picture of success that you continuously look at will transform that obstacle into a stepping stone towards that success.

Nate dreamed of being a successful personal trainer. He'd put in the hard work of studying, he had gained the experience needed, and he had found a gym that was state-of-the-art, and would provide his clients with all the equipment they would need to achieve their personal fitness goals. He was good - very good - at motivating and helping people achieve success, and with a growing client base, was set on a good path towards achieving his goal. Then his car broke down, irreparably. He was in that beginning stage of business where cashflow is scarcely sufficient to cover expenses, and he couldn't get another vehicle for a couple of weeks, nor was there anyone available to give him a lift to work at 4am when he began training.

Broke, desperate and confronted with an impossible situation, Nate found an old bicycle with no gears. Driven by his dream, he got up earlier, rode his bicycle the fourteen kilometres to the gym, showered and trained his couple of clients. For weeks he did this - determined, focused, immovable, he worked himself through the difficulty and out of it.

What is standing in the way of your success?

What is the dream that will take you beyond that roadblock?

Your dream will give you fuel for pressing forward.

There is another set of tools that can help make the path towards that dream more negotiable. The tools of observe/ analyse/ strategise have proven useful to overcomers across the world.

Observe. Look at the things which are stopping you from moving forward. Is it a lack of skill? Is it a personal issue? Is it a circumstance or person? Identify the roadblock as clearly as possible, with as much honest truth as possible about your own personal attitude towards it.

Analyse. Study the obstacle and the things which contribute to it being an obstacle. Brainstorm and dream of ways that it could be overcome. Research what approaches other people have taken and keep your focus on the bigger picture of what you want to achieve, rather than what is stopping you.

Strategise. Work out steps to overcome the obstacle. Break these down into smaller steps if possible, and take the first step, aiming to create habit. Celebrate every action as a positive step towards achieving your goal. Even if the outcome isn't what you hoped initially, the practice of stepping out in a new direction forms a foundation of confidence to keep trying. Persist, and encourage yourself along the way.

As you work through these steps, repeating them regularly in approach to the problems and obstacles that you encounter, you'll develop the habit of overcoming, strengthen your character and ability and press through to places you may never have imagined!

Here’s to your success!