Overcoming Obstacles

I remember watching Oprah a few years ago and being inspired by a guest who talked about how she overcame obstacles to achieve her life’s dreams.  This woman was a pilot, an Olympic athlete, a wife and mother.  She said that when you meet an obstacle in your life, you find a way over it, under it, around it, or through it.  Well, although I liked those inspirational words, I wondered what that really meant.  Then she went on to explain in detail just how she was able to reach each and every goal that she set out for herself.    

Two simple, but powerful, things this guest said stuck with me.  She wrote down her goals and she wouldn’t take no for an answer.  Although everyone has their own unique goals and obstacles to those goals, there are some things that I think we all can do to overcome obstacles that block us from getting what we want in life.

1. Write down your goals.  Break those broad goals down into specific, measurable objectives.  Then write the tasks needed to obtain those objectives.  If your goal is better health, then one objective might be to get 8 hours of sleep.  If you tend to stay up late, then a task might be to turn off the TV and computer a hour before bedtime.   

2.  Prioritize your goals.  If you want to change several major areas of your life, you may become overwhelmed and give up.  Decide which goals are the most important and start with one or two goals.  Sometimes it’s good to start with a goal that’s easy to achieve just to get you going in the right direction. 

3.  Don’t take no for an answer.  This doesn’t mean that you can always get everything you want when you want it.  It does mean, if you are really committed to a goal, then you will do whatever it takes to reach that goal.  This could require a lot of little steps or a giant leap of faith.    

4. Keep track of your progress.  Tracking your progress will keep your progress on track.  Keep a journal, make a chart, or use a calendar.  Tracking your progress daily will keep you focused on your goal and will make you accountable.

5. Get back on track after a setback.  Setbacks in life happen.  Don’t have an all or nothing mentality, especially when it comes to breaking a habit.  Just as a habit usually develops over time, so it takes time to break that habit.  Don’t give up and don’t beat yourself up.  Let it go and get back on track.

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