How You Can Tap Into Your Ability to Overcome Obstacles

The secret lies in your ability to overcome hurdles along your road to success.

Jan 1, 2020

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Life is not an even journey. There are ups and downs, straight paths and ones that curve, fork, or even appear blocked in the direction we wish to go. But, facing obstacles comes as a natural part of our existence, often leading us exactly to where we need to go. 

"In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life." - Albert Bandura

Life throws many lessons to each of us, showing up in the form of obstacles. These life lessons may be a physical, mental or emotional barrier blocking you from reaching your wildest dreams and aspirations. 

However, the secret to overcoming obstacles lies within your reaction to these bumps in the road. Some of the greatest, most successful individuals in the world have tried and failed at some point in their lifetime due to various hurdles appearing along their road to success. By acknowledging and accepting these obstacles you can overcome them, moving forward with clarity and wisdom.

Be mindful of your emotions 
Your mindset ultimately determines how you respond to any given situation that arises. By grasping an understanding of the emotions you feel when an obstacle appears, you can observe these in a non-judgemental manner and avoid letting the mind flow into a space of negativity or overthinking. 

Obstacles come with emotional ties that may show up in the form of fear, anxiety, or self-sabotaging thoughts, making you believe that you should give up.This comes from your ego, a part of the personality that makes us act in our own self interest according to an article Psychology Today. This can block clarity of mind, often creating a barrier that prevents us from reaching our goals. When we are aware of the ego, we can begin to challenge it by overpowering this mindset with positivity resulting in overcoming this mental obstacle.   

Establish mini-goals as building blocks
Do you view obstacles as an opportunity to grow or as a reason to give up? When an obstacle comes to light, evaluate all aspects of the situation to develop a clear understanding of your options. By appreciating the positives that come with obstacles, you can train and strengthen your mindset to achieve mental clarity. 

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

Start by breaking down obstacles into smaller, bite-size goals that act as building blocks to your end objective. Remember to celebrate each small victory along the way to build up a sense of achievement. This is key to staying motivated.

Manifest outcomes through visualization techniques
Visualization meditation can attract your intentions through manifestation, backed by science. Taking a few mindful moments to go within promotes silence of the mind creating space for unconscious thoughts to come to light and shine through onto your decision. 

Learn to enjoy the process 
Keeping faith throughout difficulties can have a powerful positive impact on perseverance in overcoming obstacles. So learn to enjoy the process

We are all on an ongoing self-discovery journey, exploring all aspects of life to find our true purpose. Accept obstacles as part of your self-discovery progress. As with everything, you'll experience ups and downs but this is all part of the evolving process. 

Obstacles act as a protective mechanism to guide you in an alternative direction. If you accept that what's meant to be will be you can put your faith into the universe and believe that your manifestations will show up at the right time, in the right place. 

Move through obstacles with clarity
If we train our mindset to acknowledge obstacles as they arise, we can transform these barriers into valuable building blocks towards achieving our goals and aspirations in life. Don't allow these setbacks to hold you back. Observe triggered emotions and respond in an appropriate manner. Respond, rather than react.

"When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 

Failure plays a vital role in the road to success. By accepting obstacles as a learning curve you can release what no longer serves you so that you can create the space for what does. So seize these life hurdles and transform them into a step closer to living with your highest self

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ALLISON MICHELLE DIENSTMAN, CONTRIBUTOR
Working from her laptop as a freelance writer, Allison lives as a digital nomad, exploring the world while sharing positivity and laughter. She is a lover of language, travel, music, and creativity with a degree in Chinese language and literature.