Focus on obstacles but instead of seeing obstacles as blocks, see them as opportunities for you to grow and transform. Obstacles add meaning to your life and are there to test you and push you out of the safety of your comfort zone. When you view them from this perspective, your mindset shifts to expect obstacles and you are much less likely to be thrown off course when they arise. “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits!” Napoleon Hill The secret to success and essentially to life is to keep going especially when quitting appears to be the easier or logical thing to do. Most people give up at the first hurdle they encounter. When facing an obstacle, try asking these seven key questions: What am I not seeing here? What is working? What is not working? What else can I try? Who can I ask for help? What is my learning from this? WHY am I doing this? When you know WHY you are doing what you are doing and you know what your plan is, everything becomes crystal clear. You make informed choices and quick decisions. You set goals which you go on to achieve. You focus on what is important to you. This is why I have the tagline. Have a purpose! Have a plan! Focus on WHY! Purpose + Plan + Focus = Success Having a purpose in life enables you to do meaningful work which you find fulfilling. Obstacles are seen as on the way and not in the way! I have talked about grit, determination and perseverance before. Combine these with purpose and daily habits to obtain a winning combination. Remember your mind cannot hold negative and positive emotions at the same time. It is your choice what you choose to think. Your thoughts create emotions. Your thoughts and emotions influence your behaviour. Your repeated behaviour become habits and these habits shape your circumstances and your results. These results trigger more thoughts and it is at this point that you choose your response. So when you face obstacles, remember it is an opportunity for you to choose how to respond! Are you consciously and proactively choosing your responses or are you giving away your power?
ACTION POINT Take control, take responsibility, take action! Focus on Obstacles! See them as on your way not in your way!