Obstacles are opportunities to prove how bad you want it!
I posted the above statement on my social media pages last week and received some interesting responses. Some understood it, but there were a few who were a bit confused. Not quite sure of the confusion but anyone who is seriously committed to achieving a goal, the point should be loud and clear.
One of my favorite points to train on with high achievers is the “why” the reason why you're doing what you're doing. How many times have you been around someone who had a big goal they were going to accomplish? They pledge up and down this time they are going to do it. Soon as it gets difficult or comfortable, they quit. The capacity to stop usually stems from the fact you don’t want it bad enough. Somewhere along the road of life you lost your edge. Let’s illustrate it this way. Remember when you were young and your parents promised you something you wanted. Let’s go with a double scoop vanilla ice cream cone. For a 6-year-old this is a much-craved and rare reward. Not just one scoop but two! After the promised had been made, you were on a mission do whatever it took to get it. We did not care what the chore was or how long it took to accomplish; we were getting those two scoops.
As high achievers, this is the same mindset you must have when pursuing your goals. We must view the small (when you put them into perspective they are usually small) obstacles as “bumps in the road” and not “roadblocks.” Their simple challenges to test whether this goal is important to us. So how do we get through those “bumps in the road?”
Here are 6 steps that have worked for me when those obstacles show up.
We all know the path to success is not a smooth ride down the freeway. There will be lots of other cars on that freeway not making it easy to arrive at your destination in a timely fashion. So expected the obstacles, embrace them and then just drive right through them!
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