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A Simple Approach To Help You Overcome Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” 
-John Wooden 

Time and Resources – – two factors which often limit our ability to do certain things. The fact is, there will always be things we cannot do. Fortunately, despite whatever limitations and obstacles may be present, there are always solutions, alternative options available and adjustments that can be made. The key is to focus the mind on the desired outcome and on the things you can do to achieve the end results. This will help you achieve more of your goals and feel a sense of accomplishment when you do so, even if you deviated from the original plan.

Consider Christy Brown. He did not let cerebral palsy and the inability to use his hands prevent him from becoming an artist. He learned to use his left toe to paint.

Another example is the pitcher who takes the mound without his wicked fastball. He can’t stand on the mound and stress over the fact that he can’t throw the ball as fast as usual. No, he relies on his other pitches, mixing and matching speeds and location. He adjusts and finds alternative solutions to win the game.

It’s a simple concept. But for some reason, in the business context it doesn’t seem so simple. Too often, obstacles, limitations and bumps in the road distract us and block us from achieving our goals. Let’s See How You Can Apply This Approach Now:

Limited Time:

Perhaps next week you have plans to attend a networking event where you’ve met good contacts in the past. As the week develops, you realize you don’t have time to do so. You’re disappointed, but don’t be.

If the desired outcome was to develop strong networking relationships, ask yourself what else you can do to achieve this goal. Perhaps, you can further develop existing relationships. Do you have time to pick up the phone and reconnect with three people already in your network?

Limited Resources:

It is always a good time to reach out to current and former clients and thank them for their business. Many people have thoughts of doing this, but their ideas far outreach their resources. Even if you can’t give fancy gifts or host a big event, there are many different ways to thank clients and show your appreciation. Think about what you can do to further progress toward your overall objective.

Obstacles and challenges will always arise. How you respond is what truly matters. When pursuing your goals, keep your focus on what you can do. 


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