Overcoming Obstacles with Attitude and Goals

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Ever wonder how some people seem to overcome incredible obstacles in their lives?  No matter what they are faced with, they seem to just keep moving forward and accomplishing things.  Would you believe it is a matter of attitude?  Here are a few quotes to make you reconsider your position on obstacles:

Henry Ford said, “obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes of your goal”.

Leonardo Da Vinci said, “obstacles cannot crush me.  Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.  He who is fixed to a star, does not change his mind”.

Zig Ziglar said, “every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust”.

Chuck Swindoll maybe said it best.  He said, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

Now, that’s powerful, but only if you believe it.  You see, belief systems are pretty powerful too.  Get your attitude and belief systems in check and you will accomplish amazing things.


The four common responses to obstacles are:

  • Not try or give up.  Here you conclude it is simply too hard and you doubt your ability to win
  • You become paralyzed.  Here you do nothing but go through the motions, pretending the obstacles does not exist
  • You change course.  Here you realize you have to deal with the obstacle, but instead of tackling it head on, you divert around or away from it
  • You address it head-on.  Here you create a goal with the intent of eliminating or minimizing its impact


The key to overcoming obstacles is to address them as follows:

  • Discover the obstacle and begin to understand it
  • Engage your resources to uncover all the details of the obstacle
  • Commit resources to address the obstacle…make this a priority
  • Write a goal that eliminates or minimized the obstacle
  • Implement the strategy and gauge the progress

A well-crafted goal that is directed and a potential obstacle, will move you forward with intention, not by accident.  Use these techniques and see the difference in your life and business.

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