Are obstacles stopping you?

     On today’s early-morning bike ride on the trail, I came across what was left of a downed tree.  My horns went up immediately because the last time that happened to me many years ago, a bear was eating grub from the roots of the felled tree. 

     The downed tree was a temporary obstacle, but I just meandered around the carnage and continued on my journey.  Last time I did not.  The bear stopped me dead in my tracks and I high-tailed it back down the trail, unable to return for a little while because of the fear. 

     These decisions may have seemed obvious, but when it comes to other decisions in life they may not be as clear.  I know when it comes to my writing, I’ve allowed obstacles — other people’s opinions, doubts, procrastination and a lack of confidence — to sidetrack my efforts.  Projects get started and never get finished.  Some never get started.  I allow the obstacles to stop me dead in my tracks. 

     Those obstacles are really self-created….and so are the solutions.  I can stop valuing other people’s opinions more than my own.  I can believe in my experience, talents and abilities and just do the best I can, not expecting perfection.   

     What self-created obstacles stop you or slow you down?  How can you overcome them?  I’d really like to know.

About Kathy Ruff

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.
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1 Response to Are obstacles stopping you?

  1. When I get an idea, I write it down on a yellow legal pad, form a very rough draft, revise, then blog. I appreciate feedback, pro or con. Just keep writing and make it fun.

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