Daily Quote: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” Hannah Moore
There is no such thing as a smooth ride. In all your endeavours there will be obstacles. Sometimes, if you are lucky, these will be small ones that you barely notice. Other times these hurdles may be so large that you think there is no way around them.
How do you get around these obstacles? Your first step towards jumping those hurdles is to check your attitude. Having a positive attitude is half the battle won. If you groan at the thought of these hurdles they will become twice as difficult to navigate around.
You could think that an obstacle is an opposing event. Something or somebody is working against you and doesn’t want you to achieve your goals. This attitude will make it extremely difficult to tackle your tasks, It will be heavy going. Even before you start.
You might have had the following happen to you. You are in a hurry for an important appointment and you get stuck in a traffic jam that slows you down. You fume about this. It’s going to kill your chances of that new job.
You make your way through the traffic and on the open road you come across another traffic jam which in fact is a serious accident. If you had been there earlier you could have been the car involved in this.
Your obstacle could have ended up being your life saver.
Your obstacle could be an event that is purely there to re-route you. This could mean that you need to learn more skills, attain more knowledge for your goal to be achievable. It could also mean that the goal you have set yourself might not really be right for you at this particular moment.
Maybe you have other important relationships in your life that don’t allow you to complete your goal. You need to take a detour. Possibly your children are too young for you to be able to take on the challenge of that senior position you are hoping for.
It could be that you want to be an athlete but your body needs to develop further so that you can achieve the success you have set yourself. Many top tennis stars for instance tend to be pushed into competitions too early.
Their bodies cannot cope with the strain of the work that is required to compete at the top level. Many young tennis players burn out before they have the chance of fulfilling their potential.
Then there might be your plans to study for a degree or add on a specialist diploma to your qualification. You might not be accepted to the college or university straight away. That means you have to study hard for an entrance exam. Possibly, this could give you an insight into the course and make you realise that this is not in fact the right career move for you.
There could be many reasons why you are faced with an obstacle. Examine them with care and see what positives you may be able to learn from these. How you approach them will be more important than the size of the hurdle.