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Embrace Your Obstacles to Get Ahead in Life

Written by Freelancing Writer and Editor : Olayinka Sodiq

Whether it was in your past, or you’re presently facing an obstacle, we all have to deal with them, however unpleasant; these obstacles that come our way are a necessity for growth. If we never had to face any setbacks, adversities, or failures in life, our experiences would be a piece of cake. We would never be forced to adapt and mature.

Most think of obstacles as a negative; but, if you can maintain an opportunistic attitude when facing your obstacles or limitations, you’ll have an even more impressive result once you finally reach your goals. So, in theory, having to face obstacles in life is desirable. The more obstacles you’ve faced, the greater the likelihood that you are quite mature and adaptable, although, not everyone tackles obstacles enthusiastically and head on. Some people go to great lengths to avoid them or go into denial about their existence while others let obstacles overwhelm them which make them feel defeated.

Now, think about what obstacles are currently in your way.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’ve always dreamed of writing a book—you find yourself daydreaming about the possibility (and have practically written two chapters in your head). The problem is, after work and family obligations, you don’t have enough time to write. You wish you could just quit your job to pursue writing full-time, but you also need money to pay your bills.

It’s difficult dealing with such a predicament. A large number of us simply cannot drop our current routine to pursue something different.

But, you can do both!

You can take progressive steps towards them using your obstacles as a guide for your path. , you won’t reach your goals overnight.

In this case, you have to keep making income, and writing a book doesn’t pay so, your first challenge is to find a way to make money that will get you closer to writing. Or, you can find a way to increase your time.

One option is to find a job within your field that has more writing responsibility, which will position you well for writing your book, as you’ll gain experience and a better understanding of the writing world. Through your career, you may get closer and closer to becoming a professional writer, which is excellent leverage when it comes to getting paid to publish a book.

Or, you could find just 30 minutes a day to dedicate to writing your book, and maybe get rid of something else you habitually do–such as Netflix or Video games

To successfully overcome adversities and reach your goals, you have to embrace the obstacles that come your way.

You have to welcome obstacles with open arms, accept and believe that these obstacles will push you to be stronger, shape you to be more resilient, help you grow and mature.

Your attitude towards setbacks will define the outcome of whether you rise from the challenge, or remain stuck in it. 

Here are some more great things to love about obstacles.

Obstacles Give You Purpose

You might have always had a particular way of doing things, or wanted to pursue certain goals; but when setbacks or difficulties set in, you’re forced to re-think and re-examine your path. Sometimes obstacles can reset your objectives and, you may end up focusing on something new and exciting–maybe something that you otherwise wouldn’t have if not for the particular set back.

Although your obstacle may throw you off track for a bit, it will also help you find strength when you’re faced head-on with a challenge. By having to overcome an obstacle, you’ll be fulfilling a purpose, rather than just going through the motions and well prepared to tackle other goals ahead.

Obstacles Prepare You for the Unexpected

While, of course, obstacles can bring out many negative emotions in us, such as anger, frustration, or sadness, it’s important to realize that they don’t inhibit us from reaching our destination – they only change the path we were on originally. Even though obstacles aren’t pleasant, they don’t prevent us from reaching our intended goals. They serve as guides for where to go next, and–in a way–give you time to stop and think if perhaps there is a new and better path to take.

 

Obstacles Shift Your Perspective

Life will never stop throwing new obstacles. So, the best thing to do is know how to see better and deal with these obstacles and transform them into opportunities for self-improvement.

Life is ever changing, and so we need to constantly change and adapt to new situations, obstacles, whether we like it or not, are inevitable.

We all face different obstacles; for some, it’s much more severe than others.

If you think of life as a game of poker, it’s easy to see how it’s advantageous to play the cards you’re dealt with the best of your ability. While inevitably some people are dealt with better hands than others, your chances of success are mostly determined by how you play the game.

Relish a Challenge

Accepting obstacles will give you purpose, prepare you for the unexpected, and shift your perspective, allowing you to grow into a better version of yourself.

Your mindset is important when facing obstacles. When you practice being optimistic through adversity, you’re intentionally shifting away from negative forces that might consume you, and this is the power of a positive mindset; it’s not what happens to us that determines our fate, but rather, what we do about it that makes the difference. It’s the choices we make and the actions we take along the way; it’s the focus and the thoughts we have on and how we frame what we tell ourselves 24/7.

Here is an inspirational quote that I’d like to leave you with:

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed” – Booker T. Washington

Look at a current obstacle you’re facing, and ask yourself: “Have I accepted it with a positive mindset?”

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