Sunday, October 17, 2010

Finding Success by Changing Lanes

Here something I am sure you have experienced many times. You are driving down a multi-lane highway and the person behind you is driving almost in your trunk. You are already doing the speed limit or even an extra 10 miles an hour but this car is smack dab in the center of your rear view mirror. The lanes around you are open, the car behind could easily shift lanes but does not. He/she even flips their headlights on and off to let you know they are there. When you do move over (I'll confess - sometimes it takes me a while to move over when someone is clearly being a jerk) the car simply speeds up and does the same thing to the next driver on the road.

It seems so odd that the driver would not simply change lanes him/herself and fly on down the road to his/her destination. But they never do. They repeat the same actions over and over, day after day, week after week, month after month, etc, etc.

Sort of what some people do in life. They run up against and obstacle somewhere in their life (home, career, financial, etc) and they just try to push right over it. They push and push and push and get no where. Why continue to push against a wall when you can find a way to go around? Step back, cool down, and look at the situation as objectively as possible. Ask yourself what alternatives can you try. There are always alternatives, there are always options.

Do not let yourself get so frustrated that you lose your peripheral vision. When you focus too narrowly you miss a whole range of possibilities. Life is full of endless alternatives. If what you are doing is not getting the results you are looking for it is time to vary your course. Don't be the tailgating driver, always pushing to get ahead but never seeing the easier route.

Slow it down a little, relax a little and look at all of your options. I'll bet a dollar to a donut there is an easier way. You are just too focused on the one lane you are in to even see the other wide-open lanes available to you.

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