My family and I were driving back from San Antonio to Corpus Christi this past weekend. About half way through our two hour drive a light fog started to appear. Although an interstate highway the journey between the two cities is one of wide open spaces, occasional gas stations and sprouting oil rigs (which are more prevalent than ever). Throw in 9 pm and the light fog was enough to raise concerns. The fog going from a mile of visibility to hundreds of yards and then the concern meter rose quite a bit.
I knew two things, I must stay focused on the road in front of me and that the road I was on will get me to where I want to go.
Sometimes things in life will be unclear. You’ll have circumstances that don’t make sense. Your future will be clouded and uncertain. It’s in these times that you must remain focused on the task at hand. Focus on the steps you can take in this moment. Focus on what you can do today. If what you are working on is pointing towards your life’s vision and dreams a temporary fog can be overcome. The thing about fog is that it’s temporary. When the air temperature rises the suspended water molecules that create the fog disappear like the XFL.
When life is foggy turn up the heat and focus on what you can do. I began to focus on the line markers on the road to keep me going straight. I also looked for cars in front. Seeing tailights ahead gave me comfort that someone had just gone through what I am about to. That’s a big key towards your dreams. Find the people who are and have driven the road to the success you are looking for. In our new business I am turning to other franchisees who have built strong businesses.
There are times on the drive where I would wind up passing the taillights I was following because they were driving to slow. My speed picked up with my comfort level. I would find myself driving in the midst of the dense fog with no sight of anyone else around. These moments were more fearful and stressful. I just stayed focused on the road ahead and remembering that soon I would be home. Those who can deal with uncertainty and persevere will taste success.
There came a moment when we came up to the Nueces river which is a marker that we had made it to Corpus Christi. The great thing is as soon as we hit the river the fog lifted and it was crystal clear on the way home. When you get close to your vision and dreams life will be come clearer because obstacles will seem as though they disappear due to laser focus.
During the last twenty miles of the drive home I become completely aware of how great clear skies are. I also became aware of all the distraction of billboards and other lights. When I was driving in the fog I was focused and aware of the road. If you can take the focus and awareness of your path through the fog and keep it when clear skies are there you will hit your dreams. The distraction can keep you from achieving and reaching your dreams. Stay focused.
When life becomes unclear embrace it as an opportunity to learn how to focus and become fully aware of the path you need to take. These times are when the hard work is done and the payoff becomes closer.
The next time you hit a foggy patch in your career, relationships, finances etc. write down a plan to serve as your road and then read your life’s mission and vision statements. Those who focus through the fog are the ones who reach their dreams.