Most people don’t seek out obstacles. It can be tough to get past them and daunting sometimes to even think about them.
For many entrepreneurs, though, obstacles are actually a necessity. They come up whenever we set big goals and create a big vision for the future. The key is not to avoid them, but to use them as an official and integral part of the solution.
What kinds of stories would we have to tell about our lives and careers if we didn’t have obstacles to overcome and experiences to transform?
How to think through a difficult situation.
In The Strategic Coach Program, we have a proprietary thinking tool called The Strategy Circle that allows anyone to transform obstacles and opposition into a strategic plan for reaching their goals. The thinking process behind it looks like this:
Step 1: Create a vision: Every important action always starts with a vision of somewhere you want to be in the future. Dream it, craft it, and write it down.
Step 2: Identify the obstacles: Allow yourself to think negatively and pinpoint all the opposition. Highlight everything that lies in between you and achieving your vision.
Step 3: Find transformative solutions: Face those obstacles one at a time and head-on to find creative solutions and strategies to overcome them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Others might be able to see a solution you can’t.
Step 4: Take action. Now, you’re fully prepared to move forward, get the resources you need to take the next step, and start making progress toward your goals.
After you’ve completed the process, you’ll start over again. This is a constant activity you can do throughout your life to continually grow.
“I have grown the most when I’ve been faced with difficulty.” – Dan Sullivan
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Putting the spotlight on obstacles.
Having a big vision is the key to your entrepreneurial success—but you can’t neglect the obstacles. Your vision will help you shed light on them, letting you see what you need to do to get to where you want to be.
A lot of people have trouble dealing with their obstacles when they simply think of them as general opposition, so the best thing to do is break the obstacles down into specific components. If you’ve determined that there are two or three things that need to be overcome, you know what you’re facing and can figure out how to proceed, one at a time.
Don’t resist the opposition.
If all of our goals were easy and totally straightforward to achieve, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to grow and improve. Obstacles shouldn’t be avoided; they’re there to help us get bigger and better and to raise our levels of capability and confidence, all while achieving our biggest goals and wildest dreams!