If we notice, we find that every successful person has crossed roadblocks and obstacles that make the path towards their goal challenging. Obstacles are omnipresent and it is only that some see opportunities beneath them and some see failure in front of them. It is obvious that obstacles are indeed discouraging and result in loss of precious time and energy and consequently build up a lot of stress and depression in people. However, if observed carefully, every obstacle we face in our life makes us stronger as a person, if we just learn how to overcome it. Obstacles make us accept challenges in life and move ahead with much more determination and guts. Let’s see how we can make the most of the obstacles on the way to our goals.
Analyze: Let’s do first things first. Whenever something is holding us back, we should figure out what is it that is bothering or obstructing us and why. Obstacles could be personal viz. procrastination, lack of motivation, lack of skill, lack of health, and the list could be endless. Obstacles could be social in the form of relationships we share or people who influence us. Obstacles could be hanging around us for time or could just pop up unexpectedly, and however it is, we need to understand what is that exactly holding us back.
Relate: Once we know what is obstructing us, we should be able to easily figure out if it has been there in our path before this and if so, how we dealt with it then. Is the obstruction due to a new environment, change in a relationship, or a new job? Relating an obstacle with our past similar encounters and our endeavors to overcome them is an excellent way to take us a step ahead in defeating the obstacle and move towards our goal as we get an idea whether a previous approach will work for us or not.
Solutions: It is not necessary that solutions that saved us from previous problems will work the same way time and again. Changing times and situations may demand new solutions for even old problems. We should find new ways to look at old problems and remember that challenges are here to make us better and stronger persons. Although we may not be always successful, we would definitely get to learn something every time we fail.
Optimism: We should make conscious efforts to be positive ever and motivate ourselves to fight against the challenges. To succeed in life, it is essential that we stay positive and don’t fear failure. From failures, we should be able to learn lessons and that is our first step to success.
Taking small steps to defeat obstacles in our way is really effective as even the thought of a big task ahead overwhelms us and we may fumble. Taking small steps and that too one at a time is crucial to reach our goals by overcoming the different obstacles and challenges we face in our daily life. One who learns to overcome obstacles will not only succeed but enjoy the success to its fullest.