Entering the Fast Lane

Photo taken from Jackson Street Bridge, Atlanta, Georgia by Jeff Wolfe

Rush hour traffic in the Atlanta area sometimes reminds me of navigating through some of life’s challenges.

A traffic accident here or there, mixed in with road widening, and drivers who seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – slow drivers in the fast lane, and fast drivers in the slow lane.

Sometimes we need to have a few alternate routes in mind so that we can get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Reaching an important goal can be a lot like getting from point A to point B  – it seems as if we seem to get figuratively “stuck in a traffic jam,” when what we really need at the time to accomplish a major goal is to find our way over to the fast lane – or use the alternate route we have in mind.

I don’t claim to be an authority on always getting to where I need to be on time, but I do know a thing or two about “navigating over to the fast lane” when I need to.

Here are just a few maneuvers that I’ve found to be helpful.

Remember Your Victories – Take time to remember some of your past victories, without living on your laurels.

We’ve all had to overcome personal struggles, and many have achieved something remarkable in their professional lives.

You have accomplished some remarkable things in your past, so why not again?

Visualize Your Success, Prior to Starting – Its very important to visualize the feeling of success, so that when you are mired in the daily struggles during the most challenging parts of your journey, you will have some inspiration to draw upon.

All journeys worth taking have some bumps along the way – visualizing success helps to insulate you from the jarring bumps, and serves as a motivation to get started!

Surround Yourself with Positive People – While it isn’t possible to always be around people with positive attitudes, I can’t stress how important it is for me to put myself in a position where I am more likely to encounter them.

Each year I make a concerted effort to attend WordCamp Atlanta, because I always end the weekend feeling energized!

Not only do I learn even more about WordPress each year, from some top-notch designers and developers (all who donate their time), but I always have some really positive conversations with people who have identified something they would like to pursue – hence their need for websites.

I always enjoy the exchange of ideas and encouragement.

Another excellent place to meet others is a Meetup Group close to where you live.  Attend a few Meetups, and I guarantee you’ll put yourself in a position to spend time with people who may make a difference in your life.

You might just make a difference in the lives of others, as well!

Fill Your Surroundings a Positive Vibe – While we don’t have complete control of our total environment, we do have at least some control.  For instance, are you continually listening to the news, or talk radio as you drive from one place to another?

How about changing things up with some positive messages when you travel?

I often enjoy listening to music or audio books that help put me in the right frame of mind.

Your playlist may differ from mine – the main thing however, is to change the channel, so that you place yourself in position to encounter challenges with clarity and effectiveness!

I’m convinced that the atmosphere we control for ourselves can make a tremendous difference!


Put In the Time – In most cases, we can’t spend 24/7 going after the big goal we hope to achieve.  What we can do, however, is carve out some time each day to keep the progress moving forward.

Whatever it takes, make the right adjustments to your life so that you can dedicate some time to your goal.  If the goal means something to you, you will create the time.

Time well spent, is truly time spent well.

Don’t be Controlled by Fear – Maybe it is the fear of failure, or even the fear of success that holds many back from acting.

One thing you should realize is that fear is totally natural.

Think of fear as the muscle cramps we feel after exercise – it is a symptom that we have worked ourselves.  Simply get hydrated again, and stay in the race!

I would go so far to say that if you don’t experience fear, then you are not pushing yourself towards a goal that is truly worth reaching.

Photo taken from Jackson Street Bridge, Atlanta, Georgia by Jeff Wolfe

Surely my route through life’s gridlocks may be different from the route you take.

And since I tend to use Waffle Houses as landmarks, while sometimes forgetting the street names, I would love to hear your thoughts as well!

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