Frustration. Irritation. Exasperation. Vexation. All of the “ations”.
At times, outright anger and — perhaps a bit of rage?
You know what I mean?. An impediment just occurred. Something is now smack dab in the middle of where I was going. The road I’m on is blocked.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Stalled. At best slowed down. Not going to get to where I was going on time. Perhaps it will even cost me more than I had set aside for this trip.
It’s all the same. Whether a project, or excursion, or an item on the To DO list.
Blocked. Impeded. Hindered. Jammed up. Gridlocked. Obstructed. Got it?
But there are several other ways to look at this kind of scenario. Silver linings.
Here are 3 examples of good karma outcomes when things get in the way.
When Things Get In Your Way
1. The Misstep or Wrong Turn
Consider how that miscalculation might just get you to your destination faster. Look for the opportunity.
I was on a project where a key resource left in mid-stream and another member picked up the slack. This person actually got it done faster.
“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”
― Mandy Hale
2. Blocked Paths
A turn may be required. Could lead to a more interesting or valuable solution.
I was associated with a project where one of the chosen Suppliers got into a dispute with us, withdrawing their component from the solution. We looked for alternatives and switched suppliers resulting in a better cheaper outcome.
“If there aren’t
twists and turns in the road, the drive’s a bore.”
― Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
3. Serendipity From a Rocky Road
The impediment could cause people to stretch beyond the creativity they had previously been able to demonstrate.
In my experience, a project risk actually came to be. It caused a young, less experienced PM to re-evaluate, re-analyse and discover a different way forward. She stretched and reached. Got it done.
“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
― Shannon L. Alder
Eventually, on every road you ride on, you will come across some bumps or run into an obstacle. I’ve never been on a project that didn’t experience impediments at one point or another.
Life in general is that way as well. Financial difficulties. Job loss. Health. Imperfections. Unreliable systems. All can impede your progress and keep you from achieving goals.
We can find our way out of many if not all of these. Sometimes it just takes a different perspective. A twist. A turn. A different path.
You might just end up better than you were…
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way”
~ Marcus Aurelius