Embrace the Potholes

It’s Monday Morning…

You’re on your way to a meeting, cruising along, with tunes cranking on the radio. You’re thinking about what an awesome weekend you just had, and you’re ready for a new week. You just grabbed a Monday morning latté from your favorite coffee shop, and you’re on your way. It’s gonna be a great day…

Then BAM! You hit a pothole. The car jolts, lurching you forward, spilling your coffee all over your shirt.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Not the best way to start your day.

Here in the Northeast US, we get lots of snow and ice, which means there’s also a sudden abundance of potholes in the spring. Seriously – it’s like the road made a bunch of mini sinkholes literally overnight! And what’s worse, when they’re full of water you don’t always see them and they hit you when you least expect it.

Potholes are kind of a big PITA

They’re annoying at best – as you bounce along, covered in coffee. At worst, they can cause accidents, flat tires, or even more serious damage to your vehicle.

The thing is, not only are these road hazards are a part of life, they’re also they’re telling you something. They’re saying “Hey, we’ve got some trouble over here, and we need some attention”.

When you think about it that way, it’s not so bad, right?

But what happens when you ignore them?

They get angry. They get bigger, deeper, and become impossible to avoid. Then BAM! Flat tire.

You know this but I’m going to say it anyway. A pothole is not going to go away until it gets fixed. We can keep going around them, but they’re still going to be there.

Life has potholes, too

All along our journey, we run up against things that threaten to derail us. They’re the unexpected bumps in the road that require us to pay attention, shift on the fly, and change course.

The health scare that shakes us to our core.
The business failure that we didn’t anticipate.
The sudden influx of work that we can’t handle.

We adjust, adapt, pivot. Then repeat. We fix problems on the fly.

Where are the potholes in your own life?

You don’t keep going through the same one over and over, do you? I hope not. Do you anticipate changes, or do you hum along, business as usual, expecting everything to stay the same?

When you do hit a stumbling block, do you plow through it, hoping for minimal damage? Or do you carefully navigate around it, making note to fix the problem before it gets worse?

Maybe one of your potholes is procrastination. You routinely put things off until they reach critical state. Then you frantically do the thing and hopefully all you’ve lost is time and sanity (though even that is too much).

Maybe one of your potholes is fear of being seen. So you put your head in the sand, hoping that your business will magically grow on its own. Not gonna happen. Sorry.

Or, maybe one of your potholes is that you try to do too much, with no self-care and no boundaries, and you end up crashing and burning. You’ve been there, yes?

None of those things are fun, AND they’re ALL fixable.

Don’t ignore your potholes – embrace them

Is there something that you’re struggling with that you’ve been avoiding? Chances are, it’s not just going to go away on its own.

When you know something is wrong, you have the chance to fix it.

A pothole is a warning sign of something bigger. Give it the attention it needs before it becomes a sinkhole in the middle of your life.

PS – Want some help with that? I’d love to help you fix those potholes. Get in touch and let’s see if it’s a fit.

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