Tips to Turn Obstacles into Opportunities

January 25, 2019 | By | News

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No matter what your goals are, there will always be something standing in your way. Everyone has faced obstacles and failure on their journeys, but the successful people are the ones who overcame those obstacles. Successful people don’t wait for success to come to them and give up when things get hard— they make a plan, stick with it, and find new ways to go after their goals. Follow these tips for how to overcome your fear of failure and make sure that you’re someone that overcomes your obstacles in life.

Stick to Your Convictions

No matter what happens, you need to keep your eyes on the goal. It’s when you get distracted from your final goal that you really start to notice obstacles, and once you do, it becomes way easier to give up and harder to stick with your original plan. Minor obstacles can look bigger when you stop to focus on them, so don’t give yourself that chance. Stick with your conviction that your goal is achievable and that a detour doesn’t mean that you have to give up.

Make a SMART Plan

Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based—those are the qualities of a SMART goal. This set of standards makes goals easier to stick to, achievable, realistic, and bound to succeed. They also give you a way to measure your progress and a set of accomplishments to celebrate, which can motivate you to keep going and succeed. A smart plan, set along these guidelines, is better than improvising. You can’t avoid obstacles on the way to success, but you can’t just coast through them hoping that they’ll go away and everything will work out. A plan is the difference between hoping for a good outcome and making it happen.

Find Creative Solutions

There are some things you can’t control and some obstacles you can’t avoid. But when you hit a wall, you need to keep going and find a way around it, even if that means building something new or climbing it. Use your obstacles as a way to flex your creative muscles and think of new ways to overcome them and be better. It’s a waste of time to worry about things that you can’t control, so focus on what you can do right now to get where you’re going.

Embrace the Right Mindset

We can’t always control what stands in our way, but we can control how we react to it. Make sure that you choose an attitude that lets you prevail and overcome your fear of failure. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and have the confidence to be the kind of person that bets on themselves and stands out from the crowd. If that seems impossible, there’s science that can help you condition your brain for overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. There’s a nerve pathway called the reticular activating system in the brain, and its job is to take directions from various parts of the brain, decide which ones are important, and make the action happen. That’s how you can trick yourself to be positive and find solutions to problems: by thinking of your strengths, deciding what’s most important, and taking steps to make it happen.

Motivating You to Overcome Obstacles

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