If you’re a human being, you’re going to have some ups and downs. There are going to be some challenges to overcome and some obstacles to move through, past, and around, and it’s gonna take some work. It doesn’t matter how many championships you’ve won, how much money you have, how many records you’ve sold, how many Facebook followers are ready to share an LOL and OMG on every single thing you do. If you are human, you are going to have some challenges to try to get through.
And by the way, if you’re not human and you can actually understand this, that’s really cool and I would love to have you on my podcast, but let’s just suppose for a moment that you are, and you’re gonna have some obstacles to move through. There are a number of different ways that you can choose to do that. Here’s one of them.
Let’s suppose that you take the bulldozer route and whatever’s in your path, you’re just going to be able to motor right across it. You’re going to uproot trees, you’re going to move rocks and heaven and earth, and whatever’s in your way, you are going to bulldoze right past this. You can also call this a “bull in a china shop.”
Now on the surface, it could look like this is a really good way to go. You’ve got determination, resilience, and you’re just moving forward toward whatever that goal is, and you might get there quicker, or so it seems. But in terms of doing the work, here’s what’s going to happen if you choose this route: You are going to move some of your obstacles out of your way, but you’re also going to affect and change and hurt some other stuff that you weren’t intending to get caught up in that, either.
Give up on the notion that there’s some magic answer that’s out there. It doesn’t exist.
So for instance, some people that had nothing to do with it are going to get hurt and moved aside. You’re going to uproot some trees and you’re going to rip apart some earth that, while you may get to your business goals or even achieve a lot of money or whatever it is that you’re after, if it’s contentment that you’re looking for, my bet is by choosing this path, you’re going to have to double back on it, and you’re going to have some healing to do, some scars to revisit and some relationships to mend. And also, by the way, this thing (the bulldozer) might look like a quick way to success, but it needs to be serviced. It’s going to need tires, it’s going to need gas, it’s gonna need oil, it’s gonna need attention and money and energy … so choose wisely.
Now, on the other hand, there’s this method: A spoon.
A spoon? You want me to dig through my barriers with a spoon?
Well, it’s been done before. Back in 1962, some guys got out of an inescapable prison called Alcatraz using in part, one of these (spoon). So what do you when you’ve got cement walls on all sides and bars on the other? How do you get out of that?
Well, you have a plan and you’re really patient and you just take one little fraction of a scoop at a time. Now, it’s too bad that I had to go to some guys that were in prison, probably bad dudes, to make this point, but the point is this: It took them long time, but they did chisel their way out. With this (spoon), clearly it’s gonna be a lot of work, but you’re going to get stronger in the process. You’re going to be a lot more focused. Clearly you’re going to have more time to consider and reflect on where it is that you’re going. You’re going to be a lot more agile if you need to change directions than you would be if you were doing something like bulldozing your way through life, and certainly you’re going to be a lot more targeted in terms of where you’re going to go, and when you get there, there’s a lot less of a chance that you’re going to have to double back after the fact.
So again, if you’re human, you’re going to have challenges, you’re going to have obstacles. Give up on the notion that there’s some magic answer that’s out there. It doesn’t exist. Sooner or later you’re going to do the work. How do you wanna do it? The bulldozer or the spoon?
My advice: consider and choose carefully.