Roadblocks Are Shortcuts – The Affirmation Spot for Monday September 14, 2009

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Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.

When you hit a “roadblock” in your life…stop…wait. Often roadblocks are viewed as something negative. We don’t like our plans to be foiled and it can be pretty frustrating. However, if we can avoid the initial negative reaction, we may find that the “roadblock” is in fact a gateway to something better than we had planned.

Sometimes the things we initially view as “roadblocks” – because they interfere with our plans – are actually possibilities we had not even considered.

Today when something seems to be interfering with your plans try looking for the opportunity in it. You may find that “roadblocks” can transform into gold mines.



2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”


About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is an author and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. His latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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4 Responses to Roadblocks Are Shortcuts – The Affirmation Spot for Monday September 14, 2009

  1. Victor says:


    Do you have any examples from your life that you can share where a roadblock turned out to be a shortcut?

    • Ray Davis says:

      Hey, Victor

      Absolutely. There have been many. By the far the biggest and most significant was when I nearly died at 25. I had undiagnosed Addison’s Disease and another serious condition. I was lying in a hospital bed weighing 97 pounds and unable to eat, drink, or sleep. I should have died, I wanted to die. That experience could have been viewed as a life-stoppoer – certainly a road-block.

      Instead, it became a short cut for me to see and understand a side of life I might have taken many years or never come to see. That has all led to what I am doing now.

      Another such experience is when I was let go during a downsizing during the bust. I was an IT recruiter – a hot field at that time – and doing well. The company was struggling and despite the fact I had demonstrated a lot of success previously, I’d had six week dry spell. The COO called me into his office on a Friday afternoon and told me they were going to let me and three other recruiters go.

      I’ll never forget what he said. He said, “Ray I hope in a year you’ll be glad this happened.” I remember thinking, “Are you nuts? I have a family to support and now no job. How can I be glad about that?” I didn’t enjoy that job, but (at that time) I wasn’t ready to risk leaving it.

      It wasn’t even a year and this whole process led to a job I enjoyed far more and one that has given me all the skills I now use my business and it continues to be a job I enjoy.

      In both instances, my thinking is what decided the issue. A serious illness and a layoff are pretty significant roadblocks. If I’d chosen to get stuck there and stayed focused on these roadblocks, who knows where I’d be now. Instead, I CHOSE (after the normal human reaction to such situations) to see these as opportunities. When my mind focused on “opportunity” instead of “obstacle”, both situations became shortcuts to something far better than I had planned.

      I won’t even discuss all the synchronicities that occurred to land me that job. I began to understand that it’s not circumstances or events in our life that decide the outcome. Our thinking decides it.

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