Many of us make goals, set our hearts on reaching objectives and strive to obtain what we desire. And often we are successful. Yet along the way, obstacles will occasionally block our progress. Here are five simple steps to handling these. Five steps, as easy as A, E, I, O, U.
Attempting to deny the existence of an obstacle prolongs the upset and consumes our energy. Accepting the situation as it is allows us to be clear about what we are facing in the present moment.
Rather than fighting against the obstacle we can think of it as an opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture regarding our objectives. Perhaps by embracing the obstacle as a potential nugget of learning, we can begin to see things from a new perspective.
With reflection we might find some aspects of the obstacle are not important to us. Making the distinction permits us to be clear about which elements of the obstacle are really impeding our progress. We can choose our battles as it were, ignoring what doesn’t really need dealing with.
By dealing with only those things requiring our intervention, we can minimize the frustration the delay causes us. Doing just what needs to be done, effectively overcoming the core issue, gets us back on track in less time than would be required to deal with the whole enchilada.
We can use the mental boost obtained from our successful handling of an obstacle to strengthen our determination to reach our objectives. Knowing we have overcome an obstacle once puts us in a better position to face future occurrences, which will undoubtedly surface as we move forward.
My objective in sharing this today is to start the conversation, open up the issue, not provide definitive solutions or answers to individual questions. If you would like to contribute your thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for being here.