Roadblocks are inevitable. No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are, we all face them at one time or another in business and in life.
What we do with the obstacles in our path and how we handle them could determine whether we succeed or fail. If you are one to believe that obstacles BLOCK the path, I hate to break it to you…but you are wrong.
Obstacles do not BLOCK the path, they ARE the path.
No matter what, we are always going to be presented with trials and difficulties. But, have you ever stopped to realize that sometimes the opposition we face is exactly what we need in order to take certain action to get us to the next level?
The great Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius said, “Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt.
The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Anytime we are faced with opposition, it is intimidating. But the obstacle itself can breed the motivation you need to push through and find a way to get over the “wall” you are facing.
So don’t run from the conflict in front of you. You can’t change what is happening. The only thing you have the power over is YOU. Here are a few things you can do to turn those stumbling blocks into stepping stones:
Accept It – You can’t change the situation. It is what it is. You can’t change the past or the circumstances you are in. Accept your reality and move forward with conviction.
Own It – Once you accept it, take ownership of it, even if it’s not something you brought upon yourself. You need to take it on and own it so that you can figure out your next move to get you where you need to be.
Face It – Now it’s time to face up to the obstacle in front of you and get yourself prepared for battle. You will be tempted to give up and walk away. DON’T.
Challenge It – This is where you really need to reach down deep. The FOA lives right here, and he does NOT want you to stand up to him. This is where your strong affirmations and beliefs are essential because if you give up here, you’ll fail. DO NOT GIVE UP.
Push Through It – You gotta push through lifting weights to build muscle. That mama gotta push the baby out to get it here. You gotta push through all the rejections to get the sale. JUST. KEEP. PUSHING! Don’t ever stop.
Conquer It – Before you know it, you will realize that you made it. You did it. You conquered it. And you can do it again…EVERY SINGLE TIME if you follow this same process.
Muster up every bit of strength and confidence in that mind and body of yours and do whatever you have to do to get yourself through. Don’t let the Force of Average drag you down to levels of mediocrity and despair and cause you to give up.
The more you stand up to adversity, the stronger you will become. Right now, as we’re facing unprecedented times when the world is shut down around us, we could use the current conditions as an excuse for why we’re failing, or we could step up our game and turn this obstacle into an opportunity.
If at any point along the way, you think you won’t make it…reach out and get help, support and encouragement from others who can give you a fresh perspective and help keep you motivated and on task. You got this!
Never let an obstacle throw you off your goal. It’s just a test to see if you have the mindset to push through. That’s life’s way of seeing if you’re ‘worthy’… and if you persist and smash through these invisible walls, you’ll reach your goal successfully and have become emotionally and mentally tougher in the process.
Just remember, it’s better to be an imperfect diamond than a perfect pebble. The pressure you are under now will release someday, and as a result, you will become the priceless gem you were meant to be. If you want help along the way, you know where to find us. APEX is here whenever you are ready.