We’ve all been there. You’re moving along successfully, and then, suddenly, completely stuck! A roadblock has emerged and you have no idea how to get around it.
This pattern occurs everywhere, in every field, area of study, career, or personal pursuit. Roadblocks are a natural part of life. The further you go, the more they pop up.
To be anything but mediocre, we must learn how to overcome these roadblocks. There’s no catch-all solution, but one of my favorite strategies comes from Simon Sinek.
In one of his talks, he draws the following illustration:
Imagine we’re in a large, empty, rectangular room. I point to a corner and say, “walk to that corner in a straight line.”
As you begin walking, I suddenly insert a chair in front of you. What do you do?
Most likely, you just walk around the chair, continuing on to the corner. You’ve reached the end goal, even if you had to disobey my instructions. You didn’t walk in a straight line.
Let’s imagine a second scenario. We’re in the same room, and again, I ask you to start walking.
“Walk where?” you ask.
“I don’t know. You’re a smart person, figure it out.”
So you begin walking.
Suddenly, I slide a chair in front of you. What do you do?
Most people have one of two responses. Either you’ll stop and ask, “why’d you put a chair in front of me?” or you’ll just change direction and start walking again.
In the first scenario, your clear directive—your vision—led you to easily side step the roadblock, a chair. You may not have followed a perfect path, but you reached your desired destination.
In the second scenario, there’s a lack of vision. With no clear aim, your response to the roadblock changes. Instead of continuing forward, you’ll either pivot or freeze.
The truth is, most teens live in the second scenario. We’re wandering somewhat aimlessly, freezing or pivoting at every roadblock.
To reach our aspirations we have to maintain clarity on where we’re going. We have to have a vision.
So, what’s yours?
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