“Never let someone with the significance of a speed bump become a roadblock in your life.”
They do more than just slow the speed of cars heading down the road. Viewed another way, speed bumps can thwart people from their own forward movement.
Have you been allowing one person’s look, remark or estimation serve as a speed bump to your self-confidence, your dreams and your future?
I love the quote above. Discovered recently on my Twitter feed, I’ve borrowed it as an excellent analogy. It describes the way many of us interpret small, external signals and allow them to discourage us in life.
Most people shrink at reminders of these personal speed bumps. Distilled down to reality, they represent a single word or judgment made by another that has caused them to stop growing, to stop aspiring.
We secret away such uncomfortable thoughts. We don’t like to be reminded of the ways we’ve allowed ourselves to be stunted or stymied by others’ opinions. Doing so compounds our feelings of personal disappointment and self-condemnation.
What we don’t realize, however, is the commonality of these speed bumps.
And, if we’re really honest, we’ll need to acknowledge that we’ve played the role of speed bumps to other peoples’ lives, too.
If you’ve been inhibited from advancing in life because someone impeded your path, maybe it’s time to reflect anew.
Take a look at what fuels – and foils – our personal growth and potential.
Listen in to this podcast entitled Speed Bumps in Life. It’s a quick self-help for anyone wanting to change their thoughts and accelerate on the road toward a happier and more satisfying life.
Change your philosophy and super-charge your way to purposeful living.
Maura Sweeney is an International Speaker on Influence, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
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