“You always pass failure on the way to success.” Mickey Rooney, American actor (b. 1920)
Here’s one of the truths of life I’ve learned: If there is a goal in life you really want there will be a moment when—just as you can see the finish line—an obstacle will pop up that will try to convince you you’ll never reach the goal.
The obstacle can be a minor failure or a big stumbling block, and it will send your thoughts down a negative road that ends with you not getting what you want. In fact, it can pop that Yeah, I’m There! balloon you’ve been inflating.
The best thing you can do is keep moving. What’s the line from the country song, “When you find yourself in Hell, keep on moving”?
In order to keep moving you should set small, achievable goals that move you step-by-step through the obstacle…they little wins mean you’re getting closer to the goal.
Now, here’s the hard part: Running into the obstacle and overcoming it can lessen the sweetness of attaining the goal you’ve worked so hard to reach. Remember the balloon?
The best way to address the deflation is to look at overcoming the obstacle as a little win prior to the big win…a two-for-one!
Don’t let the last minute obstacle derail you. Keep moving.