The obstructions on Our Path to greatness; what you need do!!
Robert Zemeckis once said “No matter how many obstacles that are thrown in our path, there are ways to except them and to live through them”.
Often, when we work towards a long-term goal, and an obstacle appears in our path, we are depressed, we become anxious, we become demoralized, we react excessively and we are catastrophic. We tell ourselves that it is useless to try any longer, we will always fail, we will never get what we want, it is hopeless!
Rather than looking at the evidence and seeing an obstacle that can be overcome, we allow ourselves to perceive the obstacle as an immovable barrier that will eventually defeat us. The end result is even more depression and demoralization, often leading to the point of our abandonment.
This is clearly a mistake. The bottom line is that the obstacles are normal. It is rare when we pursue a goal that everything goes smoothly and without any resistance. Most of the things we want to accomplish in life have inherent barriers. The movement towards success usually involves two steps forward, one step backwards. It is not because we have encountered a problem that the game is over.
It’s like having a flat tire. We drive on the road. We are heading to our destination. We want to get there at some point. And then we have a puncture and now it takes time, money and energy that we did not want to spend. We tend to be depressed, anxious and irritated. But the truth must be said: Finally, the tire is fixed. We come back in the car. We come back on the road. And we are on our way again to our destination. We are our worst enemy when we allow our thoughts for fear of derailing and defeating us. Obstacles are not dead ends. We can work around the obstacles. We can overcome the obstacles. We can use obstacles to our advantage. When a door closes, another door opens. Every failure, every setback has the seeds of success within it. That’s all you see. It is a mistake to look at a moment in time and define our future at that time. If we look at sterile, barren trees in winter, let’s define trees as barren and unsuccessful, then cut them for firewood, misread reality mis-define the future, react to our misinterpretation, and we have vanquished. There is always a bigger picture. It is always our responsibility to step back and look at the forest from the trees. Often, what seems like bad luck, later on the road seems to have been good luck. And vice versa.
In primeval times, a king had a rock placed on a road. Then he hid and looked to see if anyone would remove the huge stone. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came and simply walked around her. Many blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything to make the big stone disappear. Then a farmer came to carry a load of vegetables. Approaching the rock, the farmer laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After a lot of pushing and forcing, he finally succeeded. As the farmer picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a handbag on the road where the rock had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that gold was for the person who removed the rock from the road. The farmer has learned what many others never understand. Each obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.