By Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Hey there, DreamChaser! How’s it going? Wow! We are well on our way to getting those goals and dreams that we set out for going into the new year. Err...maybe not. Did you, gasp, get derailed on your way? Just kidding...there’s no gasping required as well as no shame, justified excuses, blaming, or any other negative, unserving response. How would you feel instead if I told you getting derailed is an expected part of the journey to your goal?
That feels quite a bit different, doesn’t it? All that negativity that had hold of you should start to float away, releasing you from their paralyzing grip. In SoulShine Life Connections terms, those derailments are called roadblocks. Images and visualization are awesome tools for helping to get from where you are to where you want to be. When thinking of getting to your goals and dreams, envisioning a road is a powerful image. It has twists and turns. There are pit stops along the way, which are milestones you will hit on your journey. Occasionally, something unexpected happens! You go around a curve, and the road is under construction! Whoa! The GPS, or your goal action plan, didn’t have this on there! For a moment, you are stuck, confused, unsure of how to proceed. But, if you stay calm and don’t give up, you will see the detour signs! This detour might be longer or wilder but it will definitely show you something that you never saw before.
To expect an epic road trip, which is a fun way to think of going after those big goals and dreams, to go exactly as planned is unrealistic and, frankly, boring! In all truth, no matter how well you plan and anticipate these roadblocks, there is always something new that pops up. These unexpected roadblocks might just be life’s best teachers, if you choose to find the detour and learn from them rather than allow them to stop your progress.
In case you aren’t sure what form these roadblocks might take, here are 10 Common Roadblocks to Your Goals & Dreams:
This list is definitely not comprehensive as roadblocks can be as individual as the person at the wheel but these are definitely common ones that show up. Take this list and today’s blog as what it is meant for, to help you have your eyes wide open so you will enjoy more success and be better prepared. I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, there’s a fine line between grace and excuses. I’m giving you grace that getting derailed is part of the process. But, now that you know it is, it’s up to you to learn from it, apply the lesson, and move on so it doesn’t become an excuse. Today’s a new day...right now is a new moment. You’ve got this, DreamChaser!
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.