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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Mudge | Mudge Media | Writer

Sidetracked or Derailed?

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

For those paying attention (which is likely only me), it has been nearly two months since my last Blog on June 15. Many of us have experienced periods where we become sidetracked from daily or weekly goals and sometimes those distractions completely derail our journey toward success.

Looking around at the wreckage, it may seem impossible to figure out how to get back on track.

That is ok! Maybe we were on the wrong track anyway. Or maybe the distractions had other benefits. Or perhaps from the wreckage we can rebuild something completely different and wonderfully awesome. Or perhaps it is time to simply dust the dirt off our hands and walk away.

Becoming derailed from a project or personal goal offers an opportunity to reassess what is most important and explore why we’re no longer motivated. Trying to force ourselves to stay motivated and on-task is often self-defeating.

My personal derailment has been a combination of unresolved health issues and preparing for a major lifestyle change and shift in work. I gave myself permission to park the blog in the rail yard while I focused on getting my other cars sorted, reloaded and switched to its new line and new destination.

If you’re feeling sidetracked it may be time to pull the emergency brake and reassess the track you’re running on to make sure you’re not headed for a train wreck.

Artwork: This book sculpture is by Thomas Wightman. You can check out more of his work at

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