Overcome Obstacles Course With Certificate
your horizon can be better – Free Course
What you’ll learn
- to be more confident about life
- you need to listen carefully and focus
Everyone faces obstacles. Instead of dwelling on comparing your obstacles to others, it’s most helpful to focus on yourself, gear your mindset to overcome the obstacle and turn it into success.
With this video guide you will learn what obstacles are and how you should perceive them.
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Whens the last time you cried? I mean, really cried?
Or if youre not the crying type, whens the last time you woke up in a cold sweat? Couldnt fall asleep? Loathed leaving the warmth of your bed?
Whens the last time you struggled through a situation writing a paper, having a difficult conversation with a parent, scavenging around for funding so you and your employees could eat?
Whens the last time you saw a monster of an obstacle before you scary, hairy and grinning like a sonofabitch and cowered into the fetal position, cursing and intimated?
If youre a human being here on planet Earth, it probably hasnt been too long. Could have been last week. Hell, it may have been this morning.
So heres a thought: What if those monsters were not, in fact, monsters at all? What if those obstacles were actually your best friends, your wisest teachers, your greatest allies? And what if instead of hating your obstacles, you learned to love them?
This is the very idea Ryan Holiday explores in his newest book, The Obstacle Is the Way. Using examples from Marcus Aurelius to Amelia Earhart, Ulysses S. Grant to Barack Obama, Holiday shows that the greatest feats in humanity werent accomplished in the absence of obstacles they were accomplished because of them.
Obstacles, Holiday suggests, are just blessings in disguise. And so instead of cowering before the monstrous obstacles in our life, we should learn to embrace them.
Here are 10 reasons to love the obstacles in your life (with 10 of my favorite quotes from The Obstacle Is The Way):
Obstacles Show Us Who We Really Are
In my solo travels, I learned most about myself during the absolute worst moments. Times of loneliness (and realizing my fear of rejection was holding me back). Times of extreme sadness (and admitting how irrationally dependent I was on certain people). Times of heartbreak (and secretly wishing a bus would hit me and remove the ache). This is ugly stuff to admit. Obstacles that force us to feel these things expose our core which can be scary if we dont like what we see.
The good news is that once weve revealed our darkest demons, we can begin dealing with them. Obstacles Instruct Us on What We Need to Do Next
In every situation, that which blocks our path actually presents a new path with a new part of us. If someone you love hurts you, there is a chance to practice forgiveness.
Like neon signs, obstacles literally spell out what we must do especially those obstacles that hurt the most. They reveal the parts within us that need fine-tuning. They show us the things inhibiting our own growth. And once exposed, they show us what to do next lean into them, learn from them, and get past them.
Or as Benjamin Franklin would say, The things which hurt, instruct.
Obstacles Help Us Focus on Whats Important
We want to have goals, yes, so everything we do can be in service to something purposeful. When we know what were really setting out to do, the obstacles that arise tend to seem smaller, more manageable.
When we dont know whats important to us, we cant tell the difference between the obstacles worthy of our time, and those that arent. Every challenge in our periphery looks like a massive mountain we must climb.
But once we determine and define that thing (or things) we most want to accomplish, suddenly the majority of our obstacles reduce themselves to molehills. Were now focused and can pour our energy into the few true mountains worthy of us.
Obstacles Make Us More Creative
Only in struggling with the impediments that made others quit can we find ourselves on untrodden territoryonly by persisting and resisting can we learn what others were too impatient to be taught.
When it feels like all is lost, when the obstacle before us is the baddest badass weve seen what can we do?
We can give up. Or we can get creative.
Its like the story of the lecturer asking the audience to raise their hands as high as they can.
Higher! he yells, and everyone is somehow able to reach a little higher.
Higher still! Again, miraculously, everyone found an extra inch to reach.
Can you go any higher? Is there anything more you can do?!? And suddenly people are leaping onto their chairs, jumping up and down.
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In other words, people got creative. They started pulling out all the stops chairs, tables, athleticism to reach higher than they initially thought possible. When all feels lost, obstacles help us stretch our creative muscles.
Sometimes it helps to ask: Is there anything more I can do?
Obstacles Help Us Find (or Define) Meaning in Our Lives
There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.
Its uncommon knowledge that President Lincoln battled with depression throughout his life. Yet the man is legendary for leading the United States through one of its most challenging times: the Civil War.
Lincoln learned how to find meaning in his inner turmoil by focusing his efforts outward to unite an entire nation:
[Lincoln] learned to endure all this, articulate it, and find benefit and meaning from it… Above all, he found purpose and relief in a cause bigger than himself and his personal struggles.
Obstacles Remind Us That the Deepest Meaning is Found Outside of Ourselves
As Lincoln discovered, the richest flavors of meaning are found when we stop peering so intensely at our own problems, and start to look at ways we can help the world around us.
You wont have time to think of your own suffering, because there are other people suffering and youre too focused on them.
The added benefit? Focusing outward helps us improve ourselves inward as well.
Obstacles Give Us the Opportunity to Change Our Lives for the Better
Or sometimes, an excuse, to change our lives.
Im forever intrigued by the concept of the impetus the tragedy, the disaster, the death that causes one to make a massive, deliberate life change. Its something I discussed in my TEDx talk last month.
Got dumped? Laid off? Developed shingles? Diagnosed with something terrible? Witnessed a close friend die?
Look at these events as lifes way of helping you reassess your existence. And in doing so, providing a window of opportunity to make a change in your life, if you so dare to make it.
Well, now something has happenedsome disruptive event like a failure or an accident or a tragedy. Use it.
Obstacles Can Give Us Inner Peace
If whats up to us is the playing field, then what is not up to us are the rules and conditions of the game.
The biggest, baddest obstacles in life think natural disasters, economic depressions, and untimely death remind us something thats easy to forget: how little control we actually have over most things in life. Yet in the same breath, were reminded of the single thing we do have control over: our reaction.
These obstacles remind us of the importance of detaching what happens to us from how we react. As we internalize this, were able to achieve a higher level of inner peace. And this inner peace allows us to love our obstacles even more.
Obstacles Prepare Us for Death.
Someone on a deadline doesnt indulge himself with attempts at the impossible, he doesnt waste time complaining about how hed like things to be.
Lets face it: were all on a timeline.
Death is the ultimate obstacle the single, inevitable, impossible elephant in the room which we will never conquer.
Once we embrace this, all other obstacles reduce themselves to less than impossible. And finally, were able to focus our efforts on the obstacles we can get past.
Armed with this knowledge, we can courageously grin back at our Obstacles, and love them fiercely for having the privilege to grapple with those hairy monsters for yet another day means were still human, still on Earth, and still very much alive.
Author(s): Gold Horizon School – Top Instructor