Obstacles: Our Best MotivatorsAuthor: Byron Pulsifer © 2007
Obstacles are not insurmountable barriers unless you believe that this is the case. If obstacles prevent you from moving forward then you are falling into a trap - a trap that will keep you down.
becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong."
Obstacles, when viewed in a positive light, are simply stepping-stones on the journey to success.
When you think of famous people who could have been stopped in their tracks, e.g.. There are many examples but one that always stands out for me is Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, obstacles became the vehicle to keep trying.
is another step forward."
Obstacles can be your launching point to propel you to attain new personal growth, or to gain valuable experiences. To quote Norman Vincent Peale: "In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it."
Your Choice How You See Them
To view obstacles as necessary stepping-stones to gain success, you will start to welcome them, not to spend energy trying to either avoid them, or to mentally suppress them.
The only person responsible to see obstacles as a necessity, not a burden, is you. It's your choice. Remember, we all have a choice in every situation we face whether that is in personal relationships or in the work environment.
We couldn't agree more with the wisdom said by Judith M. Knowlton, "I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude."
Turn obstacles to your advantage, and move forward. Find a way to overcome these challenges. As Richard Bach said, "Every problem has a gift for you in its hands."
A shapeless mass,
A book of rules;
And each must make,
Ere life is flown
A stumbling block
Or a stepping-stone. R. L. Sharpe
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