A couple of months ago, the missus booked us a trip to Panama City Beach for a week for a little R & R.
Have you seen the guys posting pictures with their computers on the beach with a tag line that goes something like…
“View for a week” or “Office for the week”
None of that bs.
That’s not me.
I go to shut down.
And to avoid the computer at all costs.
I had all the client work scheduled and emails queued up.
And I’d check in during the weekdays which takes about 30 minutes to an hour but I’m never glued to the phone or the computer.
So, I was pretty pumped just to get away for a while.
Then “it” happened.
The week before we left I bit down on a piece of gum and it sent shockwaves through my mouth.
I made the call to my dentist.
And the next day I’m propped up at the dentist office laid back while he’s checking out the tooth…
When he says…
You’ve got to have a root canal.
Immediately I thought back to when I was 17 years old when I had my first root canal.
I’d collided with a team mate doing sprints for basketball, that caused all kinds of damage to my teeth.
This left me with memories like a scene straight out of a horror flick.
I left thinking…
We’re just a few days away from leaving.
And now this??
While it sucked for sure, Laura reminded me to take a step back and look at the alternatives and focus on the fact that at least it happened before we left.
Or otherwise, I’d either be in pain or drugged up the whole trip.
She was right.
I’d gotten caught up in the middle of everything and had completely lost all kinds of perspective.
Had I not snapped out if it, I’d lost another day or two of getting stuff done and even potentially ruining the trip all because I was in a rut.
Because all too often times when you get in a rut, it can create a negative momentum.
For example, whenever you have a bump in the road...
And you begin to think about "Why me?"
Or "Why Now?"
You began to worry about it...
And it takes over the entire day.
The next thing you know the day has past with nothing to show.
And if these start piling up, it can destroy your business.
I ended up getting the root canal on Thursday, and we left on Sunday.
Then I unplugged.
So, here's the deal...
If you find yourself where you’re facing a challenge or an obstacle.
First, take a deep breath.
Go for a walk.
Then begin to think about what all that’s good that can possibly come from it even if it's the smallest thing.
We all face challenges but the key is how we deal the hand we’re dealt and to keep moving forward.
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