February 10, 2021

Planning for Obstacles

There are a lot of things in life that are completely out of your control.

At the same time, there are some things that you can plan for.  

In the picture above, you can see me in my heyday running hurdles.  Most runners didn’t want to do those events because why on earth would you want to make running any harder by deliberately placing obstacles in your way!

Well, with strategic planning, intentional training, and careful execution the hurdles were no longer an obstacle, but instead, a welcomed challenge.

There are a few things you can plan for when it comes to achieving your goals.

1. Your Schedule- No, you don’t have to plan out weeks or months at a time. Start small, think one day ahead or maybe even one week if you feel up to it.  My husband and I typically have calendar meetings each night before we go to bed in order to deconflict any meetings, schedules, needs, or desires to set up our next day as successfully as possible.

2. Mindset- If you know you struggle with limiting beliefs, think about the ones that will try and stop you from achieving your goals.  Then, re-write them into something positive. For example, “There’s no way I am going to be able to get up and workout tomorrow at 5 am.” Instead, tell yourself, “I know it’s going to be hard to wake up at 5 am tomorrow, but I am going to feel so much better after I do it.”

3. Think outside of the box- What works for one person will not automatically work for you. If you have littles at home and trying to grow a business at the same time think about the ways they can be your little helper.  My kids were always much better behaved when they felt like they were helping and had a “responsibility.”  
Disclaimer: I know that this can sometimes mean certain tasks will take longer, but I promise you, the path of least resistance isn’t always the best path.  The earlier you teach them these supporting skills, the better they become with practice and the less time it will take in the long run!

This does not mean hiccups don’t happen, but it’s all about getting back up and dusting yourself off.  

Let me tell you a quick story...

Once upon a time, I was running a very important 300 meter hurdle race in high school and I was in the lead making my way towards the finals! The race was in my hands, literally! I made it to the last hurdle when all of a sudden I picked up the hurdle rather than running over it! Who does that?  I do! Lol. In case you don’t know, touching the hurdle with your hand during a race is a big No,no! Naturally, I was disqualified. The thing is, I didn’t plan for picking up the hurdle (that certainly wasn’t part of my training),  but I took away many lessons learned. I am proud to say I never picked up another hurdle again during a race.  One thing I did take away was there are always going to be things trying to derail you, but ask yourself. What can I do to overcome?

As you go about your day, my hope for you is to feel encouraged! As mentioned above, there are plenty of things we can’t control. However, rather than feel overwhelmed take a step back and figure out what you can control today. What is the ONE thing you need to get done today and if you get it done, how will that make you feel?

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