Monday morning inspiration: Use obstacles to find a new path

Setback or opportunity? An inspirational poster with a pair of broken swim goggles and text.

Setbacks on the road to your goal can reveal new alternatives!

I was just about to jump in the pool at the gym yesterday, when my goggle strap broke as I was putting them on. Attempting to improvise a knotted repair of the strap, I accidentally ripped the gasket on one lens. My swim was forcibly cancelled for the day. What a disappointment!

I pouted while taking a shower in the grotty locker room, but was determined to make something of the day anyhow. So I got 2 hems made on the curtain liners for a home decoration project I’ve got going, and mopped the entryway floor so I can lay out large sheets of curtain fabric for pinning today.

This last month has been challenging for me physically. My fitness routine has been disrupted by a shoulder and a knee injury that make swimming and hiking difficult. It’s been hard work to adjust mentally to this, and to accept that my body needs to recuperate.

The best way to combat the frustration that comes from being stymied in one area is to direct that time and energy to another important goal. For me, taking time off from swimming has opened up more time in the studio.

How do you deal with setbacks towards your goals? Do you focus on another commitment? Or do you adapt the goal to your new circumstances?

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