Life is full of obstacles, but there are ways to overcome them.
Every time you decide to make a change in your life or to achieve any goal or goal, you have to face obstacles. Some common obstacles include the following:
- Lack of time.
- Lack of money.
- You do not have access to the necessary resources.
- Other people stand in your way.
- Lack of necessary knowledge, skills or references.
- Lack of expertise.
- Lack of discipline or willpower.
Many see obstacles as dead ends. When they encounter one of these so-called dead ends, they quickly give up what they were trying to accomplish. Right now the excuse starts:
- This is too difficult.
- I can't do this.
- I have to be smarter, richer, more talented, nicer, thinner or younger to do that.
However, instead of seeing obstacles as a dead end, you should think of them as a brick wall. If you come across a brick wall, what can you do? You can do any of the following:
- Remove the bricks one by one.
- Build a ladder and climb over the wall.
- Look for ways around the wall.
- Find someone who will raise you over the wall.
- Dig a tunnel that goes under the wall.
In this article you will find seven effective ways to overcome obstacles. That is, you will find seven ways to take down, climb over or get around the brick walls that stand between you and what you want in life.
Change your way of thinking
For starters, you have to stop looking at the word "obstacle" as synonymous with difficulties, bad luck, adversity and so on. That is, stop labeling obstacles as "bad". Instead, do the following:
- Recognizing that obstacles are a natural part of the process of achieving goals.
- Realize that obstacles serve a purpose.
There is more about these two points below.
Obstacles are part of the process
Recognizing that obstacles are a natural part of the process that you need to go through to get what you want. Expect obstacles and accept that they are simply part of the goal to achieve the goals.
When planning to achieve a goal, you can take a civil engineer's perspective. Before building a road, a civil engineer will map the landscape over which the road will be built. Similarly, when you plan to achieve a goal, you can explore the path you need to follow to achieve that goal.
If the civil engineer notices that part of the landscape contains difficult terrain, they will not be upset. The difficult terrain is not a bad thing. There is just something that needs to be included in the construction plan.
In much the same way, as you explore the path to your goal, note any obstacles that you are likely to encounter. Then, simply address the obstacles in the plan that you will follow to achieve your goal.
Obstacles serve a purpose
You can even begin to look at obstacles as a tool to help you make choices. A couple of years ago "Last lecture“Became an internet sensation. It was a lecture by a Carnegie Mellon university professor in the 1940s who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The professor's name was Randy Pausch, and in his lecture he said the following about obstacles:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us away. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who do not want it bad enough. "
When you really want something, you should be determined to achieve it, no matter who or what comes your way. If you lose your motivation to reach something at the first sign of an obstacle, it is very likely that it is not something you really want.
When you encounter an obstacle, ask yourself the following:
- How bad do I want this?
- Am I willing to do the work it will take to get it?
- Would my time be better spent doing something else?
Then, if you decide that it is something you really want, start looking for ways over, around or under obstacles. On the other hand, if you decide that your time, money, energy and other resources would be better spent doing something else, do it.
Overcome obstacles by changing your perception
Whatever it is that you perceive as an obstacle may not even be an obstacle after all. For example, suppose there is a position you want to apply for. However, the job advertisement indicates that job seekers must have an MBA that you do not have.
There are two methods you can take. First, you can see the requirement of an MBA as an insurmountable obstacle and you can choose to forget to apply for the service.
The other approach you can take is to question whether the fact that you do not have an MBA after all is a dealbreaker. It may be that you create an obstacle where there really is nothing.
What companies are really looking for when asking for candidates who have an MBA is not that they come in with a piece of paper that they can hang on a wall. What they want is the education and expertise associated with having an MBA.
If you can demonstrate that you have the level of education and expertise required – by showing them the education certificate or concrete evidence of projects that you have worked on that are relevant to the expertise the company needs – it may very well be the way the company decides to hire you .
Therefore, the second strategy you can use to overcome obstacles is to question whether an obstacle even exists. That is, change your perception.
Do research to be better informed
You may have trouble overcoming an obstacle because you do not have enough information to proceed. In that case, you need to set aside some time to go online and investigate. Collecting more information can help you with the following:
- It can help you update your problem.
- It can help you look at the obstacle from a different perspective.
- It can help you understand the nuances of the problem that you did not understand before.
By gathering more information, you increase the knowledge base that you will pick through as you look for solutions to your problem. In many cases, the right information gives you the opportunity to overcome obstacles.
Brainstorm a list of 100 possible solutions
Obstacles can be seen as problems that must be solved. This approach allows you to overcome obstacles by using methods to solve problems.
Luciano Passuello from the blog little Mind indicates that a good way to find a solution to a problem is to create a list of 100 possible solutions. The process is as follows:
- Write down the obstacle you are trying to overcome on a piece of paper.
- Number the paper from one to one hundred.
- Then set aside a time period – it can range from forty-five minutes to an hour – during which you will not be interrupted.
- During that time, you must create 100 ways to overcome the obstacle you face. Write down everything that comes to mind.
While creating your list of 100 solutions, do not do the following:
- Judge or criticize what you write down.
- Don't worry about grammar or spelling mistakes.
- No doubt some of your ideas are closely related.
You will probably find that the first thirty ideas or so are very safe, and as you go further down the list you start thinking outside the box. As Luciano points out, it is very likely that the gems will be at the bottom of your list.
A variation of this idea is to generate 100 possible ways to overcome the obstacle that stands in the way of creating a mind map. Do the following:
- Place a picture in the center of the page that represents the obstacle you need to overcome.
- From that image, you begin to radiate all ideas that come into your mind about possible solutions. In a few minutes, simply let the ideas flow as quickly as possible.
- Then look at every possible solution you came up with and see if you can use it as a new starting point to generate even more ideas.
- Continue this way until you come up with 100 possible solutions.
Pivot to overcome obstacles
Turning means switching and trying a new method. If there is an obstacle obstructing the path to your goal – and you decide that it would take too many resources to overcome the obstacle – you can choose to do one of the following:
- Change your goal so that the obstacle is no longer an issue. For example, if you cannot compete in a running race due to knee problems, look for a swimming competition. You will still get the benefits of training and the challenge of competing in a race, but changing the goal will remove the obstacle.
- Make your goal smaller. If you notice an obstacle at mile 10, select a goal that can be completed before you get to that point. You can always choose to make the target bigger when you have the necessary resources to overcome the obstacle at mile 10.
- Plan another route to your goal. You may not be able to achieve your goal by following the path you are at right now because there is a large ole obstacle in the way. However, it is very likely that there are alternative paths to your goal that are not hindered. Sit down and plan another route (although the new route is longer and sloping).
Brainstorm possible solutions with others – Have an idea party
When there is an obstacle that you cannot find a solution for yourself, it is time to ask others for help. That is, it's time for an idea party. The idea party is a concept that Barbara Sher introduces in her book "Wishcraft".
Ask your friends, family members and co-workers to come to your Idea Party. Aim for 15 to 20 people – the more diverse their background, the better. You can make it a potluck dinner and have everyone bring something.
Once everyone has a plate filled with food and has sat down, begin the brainstorming session. Has paper and writing tools available.
One by one, each gets a chance to ask the others for help to find a solution to a problem they have, or to overcome an obstacle that is in their way. The person whose turn it is says:
“Here is my wish _____. And here is my obstacle ________. "
After that, everyone continues to give ideas about how the obstacle can be overcome over a period of about 10 minutes. When you offer coffee and dessert, you can continue to talk to everyone whose ideas you were particularly interested in.
As Sher explains, isolation is a dream killer. If you want to overcome obstacles, ask for help from friends who want to see you succeed.
Get expert advice
When the change you are trying to make or the goal you are trying to achieve is very important to you and there is an obstacle that you have trouble overcoming, it may be time to hire expert help. You may need help with one of the following:
- If you have trouble losing weight you may want to hire a nutritionist.
- When the obstacle you face involves legal issues, hiring a lawyer is often a good idea.
- If the obstacle involves money, it may be helpful to hire an accountant or financial planner.
Hiring an expert can save a lot of time and frustration. In addition, it can even help you save money in the long run.
What are your current obstacles? How can you use the tips above to overcome these obstacles? Live your best life by refusing to let obstacles get in the way.