The yellow brick road was supposed to be so easy… The white witch said “Just follow the yellow brick road.” Instead we get a huge metaphor on how to overcome challenges in life.
Life is a trip, we start out with dancing lollipop kids and the promise that everyone has been waiting for us. I was going to be a great blah, blah, blah, then we get into the world and we discover craziness and flying monkeys.
Forget fighting for a dream sometimes we are just fighting to survive… Thoughts of the emerald city dissolve into just trying to learn how to overcome challenges in life.
For example lets look at blogging in my life and business, if any of you know me, you know I’d rather talk all day and night than write. None of you know I failed high school English… yeah had to retake it in order to graduate. This one is for you Mrs. A.
So when I first started blogging I hated it. Actually, hate is not even the right word…there must be a more negative term to use to describe how I felt about blogging. Like loathe. It was a type of tedious hard work that I was not used to.
I am a speaker by trade and had no intention of sitting down trying to force myself to do something that I did not like doing. But, the result of overcoming that challenge led to the positive growth of Donovan(me), and made me into a more balanced speaker, author and businessman.
“There is no passion for it!” I thought as I sat in misery and stared at the blank computer screen. “Why can’t I just speak?”
I knew this was a useless train of thought, and that blogging was a intricate part of my business that I would just have to get use to.
It was like when I was 18 years old and selling vacuum cleaners door to door. I used to love giving my presentation once I got in a door but actually trying to convince someone to let me in was a whole different story. That is what I thought about blogging and it is technically the equivalent.
That was my attitude at first, but after a while it began to get a hold of me. Then after a few more posts I began to figure out the intricacies of a blog and the things it needed in order to be done right. My writing flowed a little easier and the algorithm that goes along with blogging actually began to make sense. My attitude changed “Why should I pay someone to do for me what I enjoy doing?”
I realized that just like speaking I was getting my message out there and empowering people I may never have the chance to meet otherwise.
Motivational people often say quit doing the job you hate and start doing the thing you love. As a matter of fact, I tell people that all the time. My question is, can they be combined? Because inevitably you will find yourself having to do some things that you hate or loathe. Quite frankly many of us need to make some changes and find your passion, but what happens after that? Just because we find the yellow brick road doesn’t mean that there will not be obstacles and challenges along it. It means that we are on the right path.
1. Don’t be easily discouraged.
Often it takes time and doing things that we don’t always like to get to the end result. The opposite of discouragement is encouragement. Keep yourself encouraged through it all, surround yourself with positive things and people.
2 . Stay focused.
Your vision must be maintained at all times. Losing sight of your goals is the biggest downfall to most dreams and in order to arrive at any destination you have to stay the course. That is all the yellow brick road really represents.
3. Don’t run from challenges.
Your victories are tied to your challenges and are the result of having come through them. No life worth living, nothing worth having, wasn’t fought for first.
4. Stay on your path!
I love the old original movie. The flying monkeys were a huge obstacle and challenge, but I like that in the recent release of Oz one of those flying monkeys is the wizard’s ally and friend. Think about a few tasks and challenges right now that you have been dreading that are literally standing in your way of some of your dreams. Can they be turned into alliances? Can you make your challenges part of your positive growth? The future belongs to the innovators and the Dorthy’s of this generation.