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Dealing with Obstacles

This was the inspirational quote from SparkPeople.com today:

Your goals may not come easy. There is no accomplishment without work, and no "win" without something to beat. It's easy to get discouraged when roadblocks appear--in fact, it's only natural. You've invested time and emotion into creating the perfect plan, and then something has to come along and muck it all up. Sometimes, though, all you have to do to beat that barrier is to get back up and move forward again. Obstacles are like the Wizard behind the curtain--they're a lot less intimidating once you see them up close. Next time you take a step back, don't let guilt pile it on top of your previous "stumbles." Just take two steps forward and you're still farther along than you were before. It doesn't matter how many walls you face. You only have to get the better of that last one.

I really like the metaphor of obstacles as the Wizard behind the curtain. I have a bad habit of letting obstacles appear much larger in my mind than they need to be. Intellectually I know that most of them can be easily dealt with if I simply face them and take constructive steps in a calm manner -- but all too often I end up standing well back and staring at them in terror, convinced they are insurmountable, and then go into avoidance behavior, frittering away my energy on inconsequential things.

I'm trying to transform my life right now. It's not just about a new job, it's about finding an entirely new way to generate an income sufficient to maintain Wolfling and I comfortably, while enjoying myself and using my true gifts. It's an exciting prospect, but it's also intimidating. It's hard for me to find the balance between breaking it down into manageable steps while keeping the bigger picture there to motivate me and remind me that it's about more than any one step.

Looking at job listings depresses me. I really, really would prefer to not go back into corporate life. And it's possible that I wouldn't have to. But if I'm going to create that reality, I have to pull back the Wizard's curtain and stop letting myself be intimidated by smoke and mirrors.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 10th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
As someone who is also tired of corporate life and would like to stay out of it, know that I am rooting for your success.
Apr. 10th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! More power to us both!
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