Overcoming Obstacles and Creating the Life You Want

Creating the life you want by choiceOvercoming obstacles – how to get back on track

Can you recall the last time you achieved a goal or something that you had been striving for? Do you remember how that felt - the euphoria and excitement? 

The achievement of this goal assisted with an improved self-image and love of one’s self that then enhanced and enriched the lens through which you viewed the world.
 
In truth, “you never know what you are capable of until you put yourself in a position to find out”. But over and above the fact that we never know what we are capable of until we test our limits, we can be willing to give things a go – to engage to the best of our ability (not do things by half measures, but really give them total commitment). 

We are more than capable of approaching everything that we do with the expectation of finding fun and enjoyment, irrespective of the degree of challenge associated with the task, i.e. if we see things as a problem, that’s what they will be (perspective creates reality). We are capable of setting small goals, and really nailing them (for the small goals will get you to the larger objective).”
 
Overcoming obstacles and dealing with stressful situations is an elemental part of the human experience. All of us experience varying degrees of stress each day of our lives. 

This stress can be debilitating (distress) or it can be exhilarating (eustress). How we look at it has much to do to how we react to it. As we perceive, so do we experience.

Changing Our Experience

To change our experience of anything, we must challenge our perspective or how we look at it. In other words, how we think about it. For example, rather than perceive a situation as a crisis, we can view it as a challenge. 

Rather than perceive something as a problem, we can perceive it as an opportunity. Rather than perceive someone as a bad person, we could perceive them as a fellow human-being (with the same foibles and limitations that we have). 

There are many ways to enhance the way we think, merely by asking the question: Does this thought serve me well?
 
How we think about challenging situations and the effects that it can cause is in primary relationship with our ability to overcome the challenge. 

One way to realign the consequences of stressful situations is to change the way we think about them, to alter our perspective of the situation or person that causes us to feel stress. In other words we make a paradigm shift in how we think about it.
Here are some examples:


Old Thinking New Thinking
“It’s too hard, I can’t do it.” “I can deal with this situation.”
“There’s nothing that I can do.” “What can I do about it right now.”
“There’s not enough time.” “I’ll make time for what’s important.”
“Not again, I can never cope with these situations.” “I’ve handled these situations before, I can do it again.”
 
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Finding out more about Stephen Chong

Finding out more about Stephen Chong

Stephen Chong of The Music of the Soul
Stephen Chong is a professional development coach and author of the new book Letters Across Time and the popular The Music of the Soul: A pathway to a rich and fulfilling life, now available at good book stores or online at www.stephenchong.com.au
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