Without clarifying the obstacle before us, it is easy to think all is impossible. From such a position, the jump to berating ourselves for attempting to do this or that is short. Once we are following this line of thinking, the decision to give up is usually reached pretty quickly.
Of course this mindset is not the only one available to connect with. The obstacle before us may actually be holding all sorts of opportunities for us to develop ourselves, our resolve and our determination to reach certain goals.
The obstacle before us, in this case, should perhaps be appreciated as a moment for us to demonstrate our ability to handle challenges. What the issue has to teach us could be found by embracing it, as opposed to instinctively shying away from it.
Reaching a goal without having to overcome an obstacle, might leave us feeling short-changed. ‘The journey seemed too easy’ or ‘I didn’t really have to do anything, so I’m not worthy of praise’. Unfortunately these tales we tell ourselves can spoil the moment if we think they are true.
Being curious I’d love to learn your thoughts on the topic examined here, accordingly don’t hesitate to leave a comment below if you so wish. For now, thanks for reading ‘The obstacle before us‘.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).