Learn to Overcome Obstacles
Learning how to overcome obstacles is not the easiest thing in the world, but there will come a time when you must learn how to overcome obstacles, if you want to pave the way to something you desire. There is no giving up if you want success. You can take control.
I am always inspired by this quote from Les Brown, “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” This quote really nails home the importance of how strong your motivation needs to be, when it comes to overcoming inevitable obstacles so you can obtain your desire, or meet your goals. The first thing you have to realize is that you will encounter obstacles. I am sure you have learned by now that nothing ever goes quite to plan. However when you know something in advance, it makes you more capable to accept it and deal with it. Don’t dwell on it, just be prepared for it.
Imagine that you embark on a long awaited and exciting journey, to visit a dear friend or family member in a new city. While driving in your car, you come across an unexpected roadblock and now you have to take an alternative route. You carefully planned out this journey and this was not in the plan. You have come across your first obstacle, and now its decision time.
There are several signs pointing to different roads that you can take, but this will likely add more time and mileage to you destination. You are feeling annoyed because your plans aren’t going exactly as you thought they would. Now you need to make a choice and there are two scenarios.
Scenario 1: You can sit there and be angry and feel sorry for yourself while thinking, “Why did this happen to me?” This kind of thinking leads to self pity and wanting to take the easy way out-turn around and go back home, which essentially means, giving up.
Scenario 2: On the other hand, you can look at the situation and realize that it is just a small complication and your destination or desire is still within reach, with a minor adjustment to the plan. This is exactly how successful people think, and overcome obstacles that come their way. They make a modification to the plan to get to the goal. Is this how you think?
If not, then success will always be out of reach for you. Successful people take rejection and setbacks to their intended destination and goals, totally in their stride. They never lose sight of their goal and their motivation remains intact, so they immediately look for a solution to overcome the obstacle, instead of throwing in the towel. Giving up is not in their mindset. So take out that map and adjust your plan.
Keep Your Vision Clear and You Will Overcome Obstacles
I am a believer that obstacles always lead to a better way of doing things, or even a greater outcome. Maybe it’s because I choose to take the optimistic way. I am not saying that I like every obstacle that stands between me and my goals; I simply mean that I know that I will find an answer. I keep the vision in my head. Sometimes I will need to dramatically shift my approach or thinking when I encounter an obstacle, but that gives me more experience and inner strength to succeed at what I do.
When people refer to the saying “thinking outside the box,” it simply means find another solution by looking at the situation differently. In the case of the roadblock, you may take longer to get to your destination, but the new sights you see, can inspire you and lead to some pretty interesting encounters.
3 Ways to Overcome Obstacles
Here are the techniques that I use to overcome obstacles that surface when I set out to accomplish a certain new goal.
- Think of alternative solutions. Write down the goal and think of as many options that you can, to achieve the outcome you want. For example: Maybe you want to start a new small business, but you don’t have the funds available for start up costs. In this case you need to find money, so where do you start? Get help to develop a small business plan and go to the bank for a loan. Bring in a partner or two, who are will to put up some cash. Arrange for a loan from a family member or friend. Think about getting a line of credit from a financial institution or getting a cash advance from a credit card. Just ensure you have it in your plan to pay it off quickly!
- Brainstorm with others. Get together with friends, relatives or work associates and ask them for their opinions on the situation. This works great for me because often other people can come with some pretty impressive ideas that you can implement.
- Do some research. When I get really stuck for a solution to overcome obstacles, I take time out to do some research. The internet is rich with useful information and there are books that you can read that are strongly inspiring for new ideas. A time out to find some helpful information is beneficial in several ways. It gives you time to step back and evaluate, and frequently you will find that nugget of information you require that will set you on a new and positive path.
This quote by Napoleon Hill really says it all when it comes to the very heart of understanding how to overcome obstacles. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” Keep the vision. Maintain the desire and you will become a problem solving master and overcome obstacles effortlessly.
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