Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Moving Forward: Plugging the Hole in the Boat to Keep Sailing!

Any problem you encounter need to be examined to find the solution but focus on the issue just long enough to fix it, overcome it or neutralize it. Dwelling on what caused the problem too long stops your momentum and keep you living in the past. I often use an analogy about a boat when trying to convince people to avoid blame (at least initially) to keep moving and avoid sinking. If you are on a boat and you notice the boat taking on water because of a hole, it is better to focus on plugging the hole or resolving the issue. Focusing on who put the hole in the boat will not keep you from sinking. Plug the hole first to keep sailing and if possible, address the cause later. Moving forward brings new life, new goals, new ideas and new successes! However, it requires a determination that is willing to go beyond blame to reach a solution.

"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next.
Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer." Denis Waitley

Maybe you have identified the problems in your life and that is good. However, you may be dwelling too long on them and that is preventing you from moving forward. If that is the case, find the courage to take a small step toward a solution or the next thing. It is time for your energy to transfer from worry to faith and new hope. From sitting still or looking back to moving forward and looking ahead. The scenery is better observed looking through the windshield of a car than looking through the rear view mirror. Meaning, the site of a bright future is better than a narrow view of the past.

Has the “blame game” ever of addressing the problem?

Are you stuck on the problem?

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