When I am faced with a roadblock, also known as getting stuck, I walk through it, around it, jump over it, push it to the ground and many times I admit I stumble and stumble until I get through it.
There are methods and courses that help people remove roadblocks, but far and above the most important strategy is the method of positive thinking and action. Everybody has heard this piece of advice over and over: “Think positive, think positive.”
This is because taking positive action or just action is hard. Negative thinking is much easier; it takes little effort as you think and dwell and never act. Therefore, a positive attitude and committed effort will remove roadblocks. A negative attitude and lack of effort will leave you stuck with no success and no joy.
Find Your Formula to Remove a Roadblock
I have often written that I do my best thinking in the shower. My shower head is huge and the water feels like a warm waterfall as it cascades over my body. The sound of the shower is mesmerizing and the combination of the two relaxes me and I just float. Often I experience an answer concerning a roadblock during this time. I feel my attitude change from questioning to excitement and anticipation. And, I am mindful of what is occurring. I am inspired to begin the journey toward success. A plan is first and foremost. Other types of relaxers that allow us to daydream into answers are taking long walks, lighting scented candles, or listening to soft music.
Roadblocks Come in All Sizes
Roadblocks come in all sizes. Some are so tiny, such as clearing your desk, making a phone call, cleaning your closet. These are procrastination roadblocks but are important to take note of because it lets you know you are a procrastinator. And, when you procrastinate with the little stuff, this tends to overflow into the bigger stuff. Procrastinators are always stuck in front of the roadblock.
When you stop procrastinating and become a doer with a positive attitude you will be able to live into a plan. I have gone down this road on several occasions and I can attest that you will feel an overflow of positivity that obviously will affect all aspects of your behavior. Darling, you will jump hurdles over your roadblock.
Roadblocks confronting us are never easy. We must use optimism instead of pessimism, allow small misfortunes along the way to fall off our back, and propel us into resolve mode. The positive feedback of our efforts will stimulate greater efforts. And, if they don’t come your way immediately stay your course and be resilient. This is how to remove roadblocks and enjoy success.
My Story of Roadblocks in My Life
I have been, like everyone, faced with a magnitude of roadblocks in my life. My roadblocks have been mighty but I have been mightier.
Facing Cancer more than once has been my toughest roadblock. Your roadblock may be the same. Or your toughest roadblock may be family dysfunction, loss of money, widowhood, divorce, loss of a job, a sick spouse, etc…
Let me tell you, darling, with a positive attitude, no procrastination, and the patience to live into your answer, you can jump any roadblock. It will simply take time. Don’t be hard on yourself. Persistence and perseverance pay off.
When I learned thirteen years ago over the phone from my doctor I had two forms of serious Cancer, I was faced with a serious roadblock that could have easily ruined my life. I felt robbed of joy and filled with fear. I had two major Cancer operations in two weeks. The surgeries were a piece of cake compared to my emotional road to recovery.
It Was My Choice
The ball to remove the roadblock was in my court. I am not discounting my husband’s and family’s support, but I was the only one who could successfully jump this hurdle. How did I do it?
It was not easy. I realized I had to use all my resilience to quell my fears because I was terrified. When I learned I had Cancer the word ‘terrified’ became the new word in my vocabulary. Every night the last words I would whisper to my Ultimate Concierge would be, “I am so terrified.”
After a few months, I formulated a plan of how I would face my terrified feelings. I decided to allow myself to show my vulnerable side, never hiding my true feelings. I visited a psychologist in the hope she could provide me with skills on how to reduce my terrified feelings. She did. I vowed never to miss even by one day my appointment for my cat scans.
I ate well, I was proactive about my health, I exercised, and never missed my body check and mammogram, etc. As well, I lived an active positive life doing even more than I did before I learned I had Cancer. I started www.honeygood.com, became an author, traveled the world with my Ultimate Concierge, friends and our Grands, enjoyed our family and friends, and never left home without a spritz of my favorite perfume and my red lipstick. I kept a smile on my face and was grateful for everything in my life. Thinking back to the day I heard, “You have Cancer,” I never felt sorry for myself or said, “Why me?”
How Did I Do This?
Have I jumped this roadblock? I am still terrified but I learned to downgrade my terrified feelings, except the week or two before my appointment for my cat scan.
How did I do this? I used my arsenal of positive facts that reduced the strength of my terrified feelings. My Cancer was caught at Stage 1. I am proactive about my cat scans, my check-ups, my diet, my exercise routine, my positive busy lifestyle coupled with my feeling of gratitude, and strong love for my Ultimate Concierge and our family.
Last Thursday I had my cat scan. Was I terrified? Yes. After the cat scan, we took the elevator up to the seventh floor to my doctor’s office. I held onto my concierge’s hand as we walked down the long hall to his office. We opened the door to hear the verdict. The verdict: I made it through the rain once again, and I am grateful. Was I terrified? Yes darling, I was, and that is okay. But, 355 days of the year, I am just fine because of my positive actions.