Reflections – Overcoming As Step Four To Handling Obstacles

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it” noted the French dramatist Molière.

Having moved through the first three steps to handling obstacles – accepting, embracing and ignoring – we can now roll up our sleeves and get to work on overcoming the core issue of the obstacle before us.

Reflection and planning are invaluable phases in dealing with an identified hurdle. Yet even with our best intentions, the issue will never be resolved just by these processes. Action is ultimately required in overcoming what is hindering our progress on the path to achieving our objective.

As we face what needs to be resolved we might be surprised to find the issue itself contains the seed to its eventual resolution. Our focused attention may be the missing piece of the puzzle. In any case, we need to “do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen” as Lee Iacocca once said.

Keeping our objective in mind, we can channel our efforts to deal with what needs to be done. By confronting an issue proactively we can expect to overcome it.

Whether it’s making a phone call, meeting with someone, purchasing an object or any number of other actions, involvement and movement combined with self-belief can lead to eventual success.

Bringing creativity to the question might also be necessary. Sometimes the straightforward option is unavailable to us. Being open to alternative solutions, even those outside of our comfort zone, could mean the difference between our overcoming the impediment or not.

The final step to handling obstacles, that of using the mental boost obtained from successfully dealing with an obstacle to reinforce our determination to reach our goal, will be explored next time. Please feel free to share your input on the issues raised here by submitting a comment below.

Thanks as always for being here.




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