By Lauren Denos: 8/18/2014 (Mindset)

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”~Napoleon Hill

Obstacles are challenges that get in our way when we are working towards achieving our goals. Contrary to popular belief, obstacles are actually a very good thing. First, obstacles grow us. Think about anytime you have faced an obstacle and whether you chose to get around it or not; that is when you learned the most and grew as a person. You had to think harder, work harder and many times have to go through significant emotional times.

The other great thing about obstacles is that it is one way you will know you are absolutely moving forward. Obstacles do not get in your way when you are standing still. Ponder that! Imagine that there are two superhero’s on a building and there is a ledge 10 stories above them that is very difficult to get over; one super hero gets tired so he decides to stop (he’s not doing his workouts), and the second superhero keeps climbing. Which one is going to cross the obstacle? The one who is moving forward (or up in this case). So if you look at them in this way, you realize that obstacles are a great sign that you are moving forward on your goal or in life.

Once you realize you are faced with an obstacle or block you need to find solutions. You need not dwell on the problem. Acknowledge it, throw a quick tantrum or cry if need be, and then move on to how you are going to defeat it. You want to focus on being a solution minded person. You will be amazed to see that many obstacles become blessings when you focus on solutions. Often the biggest “problem” that we are presented with winds up being the best thing that could have happened. For example, if you are doing a computer desk job and you must type all day and you break your wrist? Your boss decides that he cannot wait for you to heal and fires you. This at first would seem like the worst thing that could possibly happen. But since you are a solution finder, you decide to make a list of all the options to get around this obstacle. You decide to put a few options on your list into effect and wind up finding a job that is better than anything you could have imagined. You would have never started to look for that job if that obstacle would not have come up, and you may not have found it if you did not jump right on the solutions. That obstacle was the catalyst for change and it may be the best thing that could have happened. Perhaps you are training to run a marathon and you break your ankle. You look at your options and you decide that you will do some swimming in the mean time to keep your cardio up while you are healing. You discover that you love swimming and that you are really good at it and decide to do some swimming competitions. You would have never have found this talent or love if you would have not had the challenge and found a solution to the problem.

A good way to put this into effect in your life is to think about what your goal is. It could be to run your first marathon, to start competitive dancing, to spend more quality time with your family or anything that you want. Your goals are yours to decide. Take that goal and make a list of everything that could get in the way of you accomplishing it or just as many as you can think of. Get as creative as possible when it comes to obstacles. Then come up with a possible solution to each obstacle or you can come up with more than one.

Keep the solution mindset throughout your day. It is good to be thinking in a solution minded way throughout your whole day, but since this is new to many focusing on the solutions to obstacles of one goal will get you thinking in the right direction. You will have plenty of challenges that come up throughout your life. Recognize that seeing them means you are moving forward and keep moving forward by finding the solutions to them!



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