How To Flourish In The Face Of Obstacles

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“Most of our obstacles will melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”- Orison Swett Marden

There is no life without obstacles. No one has succeeded without facing obstacles. Sometimes what we call obstacles are not really obstacles, they are transit zones for you to think, plan, and move on. What happens to us is not an obstacle until we call it an obstacle.

We cannot live life without obstacles. We cannot live life without temporary defeats. We cannot live life without having to stop, reflect, and think. If you want to be better than others, you must expect obstacles in your life. They are part of who we are. They are here to stay. They are not going anywhere.

Successful people expect obstacles; unsuccessful people avoid obstacles.

Obstacles are opportunities in disguise. Obstacles are here to strengthen you; they are not here to break you. When you face obstacles, don’t avoid them. Learn from them. Try to understand why you are facing them. They will prepare you for tougher times. Without obstacles, we cannot grow. We must cross the bridge between obstacles and success. If you want to be successful, you must face obstacles. In other words, you must do what is required of you before you can make it in life. You must do your homework. You must meet the right people. You must live in the right place. You must study the right courses. You must read the right books. You must be in a positive state of mind.

Most successful people overcame multiple obstacles before they succeeded. If they can do it, you can do it, too. Success is the result of multiple failures. Success is the result of overcoming multiple obstacles.

So, how do we face obstacles when they come to light?

Here are some strategies to overcome obstacles:

Expect it.

When you come to term that life is not without difficulties, it is easier for you handle anything that stays in your way. When you don’t expect obstacles, it becomes very difficult for you to adjust and handle the situation when you face them. When you are planning to do something new, always prepare for the unknown. The unknown, in this case, is the obstacle.

Face it.

When things are not happening the way we wanted them to be- in your life, in your projects, do not quit, do not abandon them. Look for other ways to get them done. Once you quit, you will quit again whenever things get tougher.

Be optimistic.

When things are not going your way, it is not the time to start coming up with all the reasons they won’t work. It is the time to remain positive about the situation. It is the time to remain hopeful and be optimistic.

Believe in yourself.

Success starts with self-belief. If you believe in yourself, there is nothing you cannot accomplish. If you don’t believe in yourself, even when you have all the necessary materials, you will still find it difficult to succeed.

Know what you want.

This is the first step to success. Knowing what you want to achieve in life, knowing where you are going in life, makes everything you encounter on the way easier to manage. It motivates you to stay in the game of life. It gives you the energy you need to stay and finish what you have started.

Imagine the things you are fighting for.

Imagination will help you stay in the game of life, no matter how difficult the situation might be. Try to imagine how successful you will be once you have finished your project. On the contrary, imagination will help you to see what will happen if you quit the game of life. Imagining how your life will be after you conquer what you are going through will be a source of power for you.

Handle fear in productive ways.

When you are starting a new journey, the first thing that comes to mind is fear. Fear cripples people. Fear takes people’s dreams away. To advance in the face of obstacles, you must handle fear in a productive way or ways, because with fear comes doubts and billions of reasons why your projects won’t work. Don’t let fear stop you from pushing forward. Don’t let fear stop you from competing. You are created to thrive, not to survive. You are created to prosper, not to survive.

Discipline yourself.

According to experts, self-discipline is doing the thing or things you don’t want to do. To be successful, you must discipline yourself. You must give it all you have, even when you don’t want to do it. You must discipline yourself against distractions. You must pay no attention to distractions. You must discipline yourself to remain laser focused on your goals. Without discipline, all other things will fall apart.

Finally, you can flourish in the face of obstacles if you make things happen rather than letting them happen to you. Create the life that you want and go get it. “Yes, you can.”- Obama