Strangely enough, the post I had ready to go last week related to something Wayne Dyer said about resistance and blocks. He said, that the first problem is that we call them ‘blocks’ … I will truly miss his wisdom.
As usual, his simple answer blew me away. I was all ready to be on board with this, agreeing that our perspective is a big factor when we’re facing challenges. And of course, negatively naming our struggles just creates more resistance. But I also started to wonder if it’s ever possible to talk about challenges in a positive way. I mean, we still need to acknowledge that we’re working against something, don’t we? Isn’t it better that we uncover our weaknesses or sabotaging patterns and habits before we can create new, positive ones?
Well, since I don’t think the word ‘blocks’ is going anywhere, we might have to get used to it. It’s quite a buzzword in the spiritual and self-development world right now, but I think I’ve found a way that a simple shift in perspective can shield us from the negativity the word conjures up.
Traditionally, we’ve been using the word ‘block’ to describe a hindrance or resistance in our energy or on our path to success. It’s more often used to describe something under the surface – a self-sabotaging wall we can’t break through. For example, when we talk about ‘money blocks’, we’re talking about old beliefs about money that might come from as far back as our grandparents or parents who said things like, “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” or “What are we, the Rockefellars?”, This may have led us to believe, on a subconscious level, that money is scarce and difficult to come by and being rich is only reserved for certain people.
And so we are blocked from making a lot of money.
But a block is also a brick…
…Bricks are strong…
So let’s imagine our block now is a brick of strength and resilience. In other words, those things your grandparents said are actually something that make you stronger.
And this strength is what is going to get you to your goal. So whenever you feel ‘blocked’ it’s actually an opportunity for strength. When you overcome something, think of it as a brick on a bridge to your goal.
It takes a little mindfulness and focus but it goes something like this:
Let’s say that you have a goal of getting a new job. You first have to job search. It’s been a while so you hit up some websites and find that there are even more websites to use than when you got your current job. You search them and expand your knowledge of what you thought was out there – BRICK! You learned something new and gained some strength on your journey. Now each time you have a small win, like asked to come in for an interview – BRICK! Do an interview – BRICK! Don’t get the job – BRICK! It’s all just laying the groundwork for your true path.
And thinking in this way can even help us with the impatience that creeps in as we long for our end game.
As I said, it takes a little bit more mindfulness to recognize these small wins, but basically any time you feel a little nervous about something and you do it anyway, you get a brick to add to the bridge that connects this not so fun part of your journey to the end goal. You can also see it as a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end as I sometimes do, if that helps.
The point is, you will have challenges along the way to your goal – some obvious, and some not so obvious. But acknowledging the fact that every curve ball the universe throws at you is a chance to learn something new about yourself and life can shift your mindset just enough to make suckie situations appear like fun challenges.
So it you think you have a ‘block’ right now, imagine it as a future BRICK. Eventually it will reveal itself to you, give you some anxiety, but also an opportunity to build some strength and inevitably build the bridge that connects you to everything that you’ve been dreaming of.
If you’d like some advice on how to build your bridge to success, don’t hesitate to take action! Find more information about private coaching from me, Ashe, at my website ashewoodward.com or you can email me directly with questions at email@example.com. Have a great week, thirtysomeones!
SONG THAT DANCED THROUGH MY HEAD THE WHOLE TIME I WAS WRITING THIS?