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May 14, 2004.

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. Some are bigger than others, while some are tougher to overcome than the rest. Yet like it or not, and there’s not a whole lot to like when you’re talking about life’s obstacles, they are as much a part a life as the air we breathe. Regardless of whether we see the obstacles that crop up daily as major problems or merely opportunities to put our best to the test, the manner in which we SEE life's challenges has a great deal to do with how we handle them.

Isn’t it interesting at how some people can transform even the tiniest mole hill of an obstacle into Mount Everest while others can knock even the grandest of barriers down to nothing in no time at all? How can some folks deal with life’s seemingly insurmountable problems day in and day out in an almost effortless fashion while others are easily knocked to their knees at even the hint of trouble? No doubt about it, it has everything to do with the way they see obstacles in the first place.

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
Orison Swett Marden

Have you ever wondered why so many people consistently give so much power to life’s difficulties, high tailing it the minute a problem comes into view? Hey, let’s face it; having a problem shoved in your path is rarely the highlight of anybody’s day. And since we would all prefer an unfettered pathway straight to the top, anything that rocks the boat may actually sink our ship — and that prospect chills some people right to the bone. And we’re only talking about the little hodgepodge and potpourri of ordinary, run-of-the-mill challenges we face every day. The moment a BIG TIME problem starts breathing down our necks, even the strongest amongst us can go scurrying for cover.

After all, a problem is, well … a problem and who the heck really wants to deal with problems if given a choice? By the same token, we don’t really have a choice since life is filled with obstacles, problems, difficulties or any other name you may wish to call them; not if we truly want to accomplish anything of note in our lifetimes. The truth be known, many of us make problems out to be far more than they actually are, way more as a matter of fact. And that’s a problem.

“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.”
Les Brown

Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most positive thinkers the world has ever known, provided some sound advice when he said, “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.” Instead of avoiding problems like the plaque, maybe, just maybe we should think about taking another approach altogether. Rather than cringe and tremble when trouble comes a calling, why not choose to stand up to the challenge presented and find a way around, over, under or even through that obstacle? Then, before it has a chance to gain control of our lives, we have already conquered the problem and have moved on down the road.

In the history of mankind, there has never been a shortage of problems in the world. Take a quick glance around and you’ll quickly see that we’ve got problems all over the place. There are problems over here, problems over there; wall to wall problems everywhere. No shortage of problems, but a definitive shortage of problem solvers. And therein lies something very special indeed: the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.”
Robert H. Schuller

That's right, an opportunity to finally live life on your own terms; making each and every dream you have and hold come true in the process. Sound great? Well, hold onto to your seat, because it gets even better! By simply shoving obstacles aside and getting on down the road, you have an opportunity to make your life everything you have ever imagined it could be and more. By standing tall against the problems you stumble upon, you’ll have the opportunity to take these problems and turn them into stepping stones on your trip straight to the top.

When you start seeing obstacles for what they truly are, merely opportunities wrapped up in problems you can handle, you will gain the upper hand in the problem solving department. Best of all, you will no longer be hampered or hindered with problems for the rest of your life. You will begin seeing obstacles that once appeared insurmountable as tremendous, life changing opportunities looking for a place to happen. And you’ll quickly melt any and all obstacles you encounter down to a manageable size in no time at all. And then, in a blink of the eye, they’ll be gone for good.

Now you see them — now you don’t.

The Bottom Line: Become a problem solver and you’ll magically make obstacles and problems vanish into thin air.

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