Roadblocks aren't necessarily a bad thing. They are an inevitable part of whatever we're doing or working on. Sometimes you knew the obstructions you would encounter from day one, but postponed dealing with them. And sometimes they show up without notice, when you thought your plans were coming together.
Our first reaction when coming up against one is often discouragement, frustration, fear or a strong will to give up what we once wanted enough to start acting. It sucks. But the next step is what matters. To not get stuck, we need to see the positive side of the roadblock and embrace it.
You see, roadblocks challenge us to pause and think. They lower the noise of euphoria and slow down the execution to let us reconsider things. Without them we would stick to our initial beliefs, conceptions and misconceptions. We would easily skip the necessary reflection and solely focus on action.
Roadblocks open our eyes and offer us opportunities to get out of our trajectory. To decide if we still believe what we are doing is right.
They are stop or continue buttons.
When we decide on the latter, roadblocks can push us to be innovative and to consider paths we would never have walked otherwise.
How will we keep moving forward? What is the best way to get passed this point of struggle?
And as we are asking ourselves these open questions, we might also re-evaluate our initial plan, in order to find out what lead us here to this roadblock in the first place.
How could we have avoided this situation?
What would we do differently if we were starting today with this new knowledge?
That's how roadblocks make us grow.
As for most of the difficulties we run into, the way we handle roadblocks mostly lies in our attitude. By writing this post, I'm encouraging us to start forging it. And to see that the hidden benefits and opportunities in problems and struggles is step one to turning things around.