Roadblocks and Serenity

When roadblocks appear, what should you do? Go over, under, around, or through them?

By nature, I’ve traditionally picked the “through” route. Perhaps it’s the hardworking Olympian in me to tackle issues head-on. Lately, I’ve personally been working to avoid roadblocks with better anticipation and to embrace leaning into a learning opportunity.  

Here are the top four questions I’ve been asking myself when the roadblock appears: 

  1. What is going to help the long-term success of my business?
  2. What is in the best interest of my clients?
  3. Should I be nervous about long-term impacts to my team?
  4. How can I learn from this setback? 

May we all remember the Serenity Prayer when we come up against roadblocks. Written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, it’s commonly quoted as: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”