June 3, 2003.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like there is an obstacle everywhere you turn? Im sure you have. As a matter of fact, most of us have had way too many of those days to be sure. Like it or not, theres never going to be a shortage of barriers, problems and challenges in our lives.
Life is literally a never ending obstacle course, with more twists and turns and ups and downs than the wildest roller coaster ride imaginable. And when you start getting hit with a barrage of obstacles from all sides, its easy to get knocked off course and lose your focus. Thats why you have to keep your eyes on the prize and that's fulfilling your date with destiny and making your dreams come true. As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Want to hazard a wild guess at who sometimes becomes the biggest impediment standing in your way to greatness? Its you, thats who. Thats right YOU. Ouch, that really hurts, doesnt it? After all, life can toss us enough curveballs to keep us off balance without any assistance from us. Without ever realizing it, we throw up a variety of roadblocks daily.
For example, the minute we begin thinking a task is too tough; the task suddenly becomes insurmountable. And the moment we start doubting our ability to get the job done, our commitment to finish the job falls by the wayside. By standing in our own way, we submarine our success and even worse, we give power to the obstacle while stripping ours away at the same time. Theres got to be a better way.
All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me."
Albert Schweitzer said, One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity." Rather than allowing adversity to siphon your strength and deter your determination, why not rise up to the challenge and make yourself better in the process?
It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.
Claude M. Bristol
Make no mistake about it, the winner inside you yearns for the opportunity to tackle lifes toughest challenges; just chomping at the bit to overcome and overpower virtually any and every obstacle you encounter. The moment you turn this winning spirit loose, youll be amazed at how easily you start sweeping obstacles away. One after another, time after time.
When you know what you want and then maintain a laser beam focus on doing whatever it takes to get there, nothing on earth can hold you back or hold you down for very long. As noted author Napoleon Hill once said, When the objective is clear enough, there are no obstacles!
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams
You simply need to stay focused, stay on course and vow to never allow day to day obstacles to keep you from achieving your goals. And for goodness sakes, make sure you stay out of your own way as well.
The Bottom Line: Never allow an obstacle illusion prevent you from living your dreams.
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