I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog, which is delivered to my work email every morning. It’s good stuff, good for a morning reflection on things that typical apply to a business frame of mind. This one from over the weekend resonated with me and I thought I’d share. Managing the Gap. Give a read (it’s quick) but it really hits home with me. You’ll see that it directly correlates with my exploration of finding self and path.
A gap between your reality and your possibility. Imagine that space as a gulf or a chasm and you’ll become paralyzed, stuck in the current situation.
My boss wrote a response to my distribution of said article to my team. What he said, I thought, was moving.
I have come to learn that life is an obstacle course, some things hard/very hard and some fairly easy. There are ways of trans versing every obstacle, however sometimes we see these obstacles as too big to or too difficult to overcome, so we become frozen with fear or go back the way we came.
If we take the chance and move forward, we find it was not near as difficult as we thought, that it would be, and we move on to things we never thought we could ever conquer. It is ok to stop and study the next obstacle, but don’t remain there for long, you will become paralyzed by the fear, the unknown or both. If you don’t succeed the first time, learn that it is just another way, not to do it, and keep trying until you do succeed.
I have also found you also cannot do it alone. You need others there to guide you and help you along the way and cheer you on. For those who feel they are self-made people, this might not sit well, and they might think, who needs others. But, look back and remember those individuals who have helped along the way, and be one yourself. Your life will be full and meaningful, and you will always have those around you, who will celebrate the next accomplishment(s) with you.