For those of us who drive, we have come across potholes in the road. When we hit these potholes, they disrupt us. Sometimes we may spill our drink or drop something. Other times it's just hard on our vehicle and tires. In most cases, potholes jostle us as we move forward, but they do not stop us from moving forward.
Potholes are obstacles in our path we can drive through without having to resolve them.
When we are driving there is another obstacle we come across in our journey, the roadblock. When we meet a roadblock we are unable to go forward. In theses cases, we must wait until the roadblock is removed or find another way to travel to our destination.
Roadblocks are obstacles in our path we cannot drive through unless we resolve them.
So, how does this apply in our lives?
Imagine we have written a blog post to be published in a few hours. It's not perfect yet, but we are willing to publish it. This would be a pothole. It's not ideal, but it won't keep us from going forward.
Imagine we are building a website for a client and we need the content for the website before we can move forward. In this scenario, not having the content has become a roadblock.
Let's apply this to a more serious scenario.
Imagine we are working on a marketing project. Our boss asks us, while planning out this project, to use a false testimonial for the project. For some of us it may be something we are not willing to do, a roadblock. For others, we may not want to do it but we will. This would make it a pothole.
The next time we run into an obstacle, we can now ask ourselves, is this a pothole (I don't like it but I will go forward) or a roadblock (I will not go forward unless we resolve it)?
What pothole or roadblock are you facing now?