When you feel trapped

Sadly, I don’t really have a lot of great insights with this post.  I think it’s a personal attempt to gain perspective.

I know I’m not alone when I find that some of my toughest professional moments come from either boredom or a sense of being trapped.

For me, trapped is a state where the path to success is clear, but the barriers seem outside of my control.  I find this state beyond frustrating.  I’m sure this is an overachiever syndrome.

Ironically, this is not about constraints.  Constraints are great, as they make finding the path a challenge and challenge is good.

My only advice for myself (and anyone else who finds themselves in this situation) is to remember that in the end, things always manage to work out.

It never goes as badly as I imagined.  Once the problem starts to become a reality, others notice and begin removing those barriers.  The only thing really lost was getting out ahead of the issue and whatever stress induced hassles I gave myself in the process.

Sounds like a great time for giving thanks and taking time off, vs. sitting around stressing myself out about stuff that doesn’t matter.

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends.  For all my friends in other countries, I know you are also thankful for the peace you are afforded, as we yanks take time to enjoy our families.


h/t to Denny Coates for the timely quote

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