Obstacles are inevitable in life. We all encounter them on different levels. Some people believe obstacles are there to make their lives difficult by blocking their way. Other believe that obstacles are there to teach them, help them step to the next level. Stumbling block or stepping stones!
Well, the difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. The truth is that obstacles can be a blessing in disguise for those who embrace positivity in their minds.
How to turn obstacles into stepping stones.
First of all, what is a stepping stone? According to the Cambridge dictionary, a stepping stone is an event or an experience that helps you achieve things. I would like to add ‘greater things’ as stepping stones are learning experiences in which you grow.
Change your perspective.
Did you know that you can change your life by embracing the power of perspective? For what you feed into your mind matters a lot. Especially for overcoming obstacles and creating successful habits. If you think negatively all you see is the negative. When you think positively, you see the positive.
Consider adjusting your perspective on the challenges you encounter in your life if you want to make a difference. See things from a grateful perspective. There are so many things in life to be grateful for. Here’s a list of 21 things we take for granted that we shouldn’t.
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Don’t despair, get frustrated or even get stressed, instead be optimistic that everything happens for a good reason. As focusing on negativity can leave you feeling miserable and defeated.
One way to do this is to start looking at your obstacles from a different angle and use them as stepping stones to a better lifestyle. Focus on your ‘why’, your reason for starting an online business.
Overcome your obstacles with help.
No one is an island. It is impossible to survive without the help of others. We all need help. Confide in that trustworthy friend, colleague, support group, mentors, family to a therapist.
Ask your role models what they would do if they were in your situation and insist on honesty. You would be surprised to find that your purported obstacles are indeed stepping stones to greater things. It is not always easy to ask for help, but if you don’t ask you don’t receive.
Don’t let obstacles cloud your judgment or perspective on things and decisions. The great news is, you can move from obstacles to opportunities within a matter of minutes.
In our family, we all have mentors in our lives, people we confide in at different times for different reasons. My husband refers to mentors to improve his golfing game and I refer to study and business mentors to guide me in life and skill development. My adult children have mentors which include Carsten and me, teachers, friends, aunts, uncles, authors and entrepreneurs.
Our mentors have changed as we have progressed. We are grateful for all the mentors we have, will have and have had.
Never ever give up.
Believe in yourself by resolving to never give up no matter what life throws at you. Great opportunities come to those who don’t give up easily. Never entertain the thought of quitting.
To be successful you have to keep going forward regardless of the obstacles you encounter along the way.
Had Abraham Lincoln given up after losing eight elections, suffering a nervous breakdown and failing in business twice, he would never have become the 16th president of the United States.
You have the option of blaming your obstacles for your failure or alternatively using them as stepping stones to greater things. The main thing is to stay focused and make the best choice for that time.
Have fun and enjoy life.
Life is a precious gift from God. Resolve to enjoy every single second of it to the fullest. No matter how many stressful or frustrating challenges you encounter on your life journey, make every second count.
As much as it is easy to blame others, you have in fact only yourself to blame if you let obstacles ruin your life. Remember those friends, colleagues, mentors to confide in. Keep your options open, ask for help. It gets easier and one day you will see the gift the obstacle gave.
I’ve had many challenges while learning to blog, as a business owner, as an employee and in my personal life. Some of the challenges I have are;
- insufficient work hours.
- too much month at the end of the money.
- not progressing as fast as I’d like with blogging.
- self belief.
- insufficient time to complete all I want to do.
- weight loss challenges.
- not fit enough.
The above is just part of a long list. Despite the challenges, I believe in positivity and embracing life. I work through the challenges with the help of friends, mentors and support groups. I also change and stack habits.
In fact, I often set myself mini challenges to help me challenge myself to become better in different areas of my life. I track these challenges with a habit tracker.
The 4 steps to turn obstacles into stepping stones are;
- Look at things from a different viewpoint.
- Seek help from others.
- Never give up on your dreams.
- Embrace life challenges.
The easiest way of bouncing from obstacles to opportunities is to make your life interesting and be grateful, showing gratitude daily.
Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.