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Principle 7 – Obstacles Point The Way

There are always obstacles on the road to success. In fact, obstacles are like beacons, they point the way to great success. Many people view obstacles as reasons to avoid success, as excuses for not trying or as justification for the status quo. This is a big mistake. For without obstacles, there can be no success.

You see, obstacles present us with a golden opportunity. Obstacles say loud and clear: you need to learn this or address that, turn right or turn left. Obstacles come to instruct us and tell us what we need to do in order to be successful. Obstacles represent temporary barriers that will eventually fall as we take action to confront them.

Let me give you an example. Research studies suggest that up to 50% of the population would like to quit their corporate job and start their own business. However, the percentage that due is far lower. Why? Most people look at the apparent obstacles and decide to stand pat, to give in to the barriers.

For many, the major barrier or obstacle is their lack of faith or confidence in their ability to launch a business. What is this obstacle really saying to you though? It is saying that you need to do some research, talk to some people, put together a plan, etc. Once you do that, your confidence and willingness to move forward will prevail and off you go.

Another way of looking at obstacles is that without them, what are you really focused on? In other words, if there are no obstacles, then why aren’t you already there? If there are no obstacles, what challenge is there for you? If there are no obstacles, why are you doing this in the first place? It can’t be much of a challenge and certainly doesn’t test your capabilities.

Obstacles are there to instruct not obstruct. They provide you with valuable information and key learning. Look at obstacles as the means to achieving your goals. Address them first and your confidence and perseverance will increase as will your success.

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Written by Steven Muntean in Leadership Principles

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