During a recent conversation with a client, they metaphorically told me they saw their most recent struggles as a mack truck coming at them. That’s some pretty serious shit. It’s no wonder they’ve been making poor decisions out of panic, they see a Mack Truck coming at them, leaving them one of two choices…live or die!
This thought will immediately initiate our fight or flight signals in the brain, telling our bodies to pump out adrenaline like it’s their only job. Seemingly presenting two panic-filled choices, stand in the way and get killed or jump out of the way and live to see another day.
What if there is a third option?
Here is the metaphor I then presented to them. (and yes, I made it up on the spot)
You are standing in the middle of a long deserted road, in the middle of nowhere. No humanity in sight. Just you and the long empty road ahead.
All of a sudden, appearing right in front of you out of nowhere, you see this giant Mack Truck coming straight at you. At this point, you may as well be wearing horse guides since you don’t acknowledge anything to the left or right of you.
You are now completely blinded by the sight of this Mack Truck coming straight at you, unable to see past it. You are also oblivious to what is behind it.
You’re looking straight into the headlights of this giant Mack Truck. You notice the truck is carrying very familiar cargo. The cargo looks something like this:
- A to-do list longer than your Christmas list when you were a kid
- Tax deadlines
- Bill deadlines
- School deadlines
- Paperwork for an upcoming job
- Tasks you procrastinated for weeks and months
- Grieving a loss
- Haunting thoughts about the past
- Crippling thoughts about the future
- Anything else you may see as a problem leading to your stress
Now, it appears you have two choices right?
Move out of the way immediately. This represents you dropping nearly all other priorities in life such as sleep, working out, good nutrition, health, family, ME time, and any other aspects of your life that are highly valuable, in order to eliminate these problems.
Leading you to wonder…“how do I complete all these tasks so I can stop seeing this Mack Truck coming at me?”
You don’t move out of the way and get hit by the Mack Truck (not fun I imagine).
You wake up and realize that there is no Mack Truck?
That is was all in your head?
That you made the whole thing up?
And when you do wake up to realize this, you notice there is the most beautiful horizon that was hidden beyond the sight of the Mack Truck the entire time. This horizon represents the ultimate beauty of life that is available to see any time you want.
Just in front of the horizon, you notice the road splits into 10 different paths you could take. Each path presenting a different option for you, now giving you 10 choices instead of the 2 that you had when the Mack Truck was in front of you.
Leading you to now wonder…“how can I maintain sight of the beauty of life while completing these tasks?”
Learn from all of your experiences, opportunities are everywhere.