Overcoming Obstacles

Setting goals is the first step… achieving them is the second step.

It’s important to understand that every goal we set naturally comes with a plethora of landmines that are attached to that goal. These land-mines show up in our lives as a set of obstacles, challenges and problems that we must surpass in order to get to our end destination, which is our goal. In fact, unless we successfully maneuver through these land-mines and overcome them, we will fail to learn the valuable lessons that are required to help us achieve — and keep — our goal when we get to that end destination.

Some people see obstacles as a puzzle to solve. Some see obstacles as an opportunity to grow. Others see obstacles as threats. Still others see obstacles as meaning they cannot succeed. Your view of barriers to achieving your goals affects how you react.

Sometimes obstacles can be overcome and sometimes they can’t. Sometimes you have to work around them or find alternatives. The key is to not give up without wise consideration because you hit an obstacle or because of your emotional reaction to the obstacle.

When obstacles overwhelm us, our first automatic response is to freeze. This paralysis may seem unhelpful at first, however it gives us time to ponder and think strategically about the circumstances we find ourselves in. The best way to deal with problems is to think about them in advance. Having a plan or strategy will help reduce your stress when one of these events occurs. The strategy will make it easier for you to continue working towards the goals.

Obstacles are just “things” that are there to teach and strengthen us for the journey that lies ahead. We must therefore not view them as insurmountable problems that will prevent us from achieving our goals, but rather as small — and at times large — stepping stones that are required “modules” we need to pass in order to obtain our Ph.D. in Goal Achievement.

Summing-up: Obstacles are put in your way to see if what you really want is worth fighting for.

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