There are unavoidable potholes in everyone's life journey. They are normal and un-normal challenges we face day-in and day-out of life. But because the road isn't smooth doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken. If the goal we desire is on the other side we must slowly push through the ruts and dips for success. Let's look at some common potholes that we should keep pushing through.
1. Fear – Falling into the "pothole of fear" is one that causes stagnation. The unknown or the past knowns can keep your from accomplishing the desired goal. You can't get rid of the "fear pothole" but you can overcome it with faith. Believe in yourself. If you have the vision to see the goal, have the drive get to the other side no matter what.
To build your drive - gain a clear understand of the objectives, maximize your strengths and learn from the mistakes of others. No matter how many potholes there maybe, don't give up on reaching your goal! Mary Anne Radmacher said, "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow."
2. Friends – The "friend pothole" is usually one that holds on even after you've climbed out. There are certain friends that want you to hang-out with them to enjoy the rut you're in. You must break away from those that are pulling you back in to where you know you don't need to be.
Set clear boundaries with consequences for yourself and others on your journey. If you want better, you must demand it of yourself and those you hang around. The vibes you give off, verbally and non-verbally, attract or retract what you like. Keep your guards up and move towards you goal. Those who are on your side will help you move forward.
3. Flexible – Some potholes are called "pit-holes" because they are unavoidable and deep. They require you to trudge through them with caution. Being flexible through them means giving and taking a little. Find what works best for the circumstances without loosing focus on your goal. Whatever the case when it's time to move, have the courage to move forward with what you have discovered.
You are the captain of your ship. Do your research before you let go of an established point in your life. A perceived shallow "pothole" can be a deep "pit-hole". Know and live your limits.
Summary - You can navigate through life's potholes by pushing out fear with faith, having good friends to help you up and proceeding with thoughtful flexibility. Life's journey is full of uncertainties. Be willing to get up, grow up and go through life's potholes. It's the only way to your goal.