Many of us are taught to believe that obstacles in our path are bad. 

In business, we have competition, changing marketing conditions, client delays, limited resources, and a host of other pressures. There is always a series of steps between where we are today and the result we want to achieve tomorrow. Almost always, at least one of these steps reveals an obstacle that slows us down.

Consider how many times you have let the dynamics of a specific situation make you angry.

Maybe you became frustrated with someone for what they did or didn’t do. Worse yet, consider how many times you let those thoughts eat away at you. 

We have all been there. We can’t sleep, our stomach is in knots, and the situation is all we can think about.

Intellectually we know our reaction to any experience is our choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to control. When the voice in our head convinces us that a particular situation is totally bad, our human reaction is to defend ourselves or to immediately try to remedy the situation. I have learned that this only causes me to leak more energy and spiral further into the drama of the circumstance.

Here’s the truth: Things are going to happen that we like and don’t like—it’s called life. 

Both good and not-so good experiences are learning opportunities—sometimes blessings in disguise

When things happen that you perceive as bad, your only job is to consciously recenter your thoughts and remind yourself  that every day you are growing—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Remind yourself that consciously or unconsciously, you are forever giving everything meaning, but you have the power to attach the meaning that is more helpful. If you dwell on your misfortunes, you risk overlooking tremendous opportunities to learn and grow.

You have the POWER OF CHOICE. 

Obstacles can stand in your way or they can drive you to find a better way.  

Want more? Tune into the Getting Results podcast. I just released part two of a four part series on Limiting Beliefs called: Obstacles are Bad. You can also catch up on part one: Someone Else is to Blame if you missed it. Check it out and share with others in whatever way serves you best.