Greater than Any Obstacle
We are greater than any obstacle we may face. What comes to your mind when you say the word obstacle? I always think of things like roadblocks and courses designed by triathletes or the military. Obstacles are described as those items that block one’s way or prevents or hinders us or our progress.
Personally, on my journey to entrepreneurship, I have overcome many obstacles:
One of the hardest parts is facing your fear. Fear that it won't work or sometimes the fear that it will! In each of the businesses that I created or was a part of there was usually one obstacle that stood in the way of great success. When I opened a commercial bakery in another country, the licensing was the most challenging. I had to have approval not only through business licensing but the electric company, the health department, and even the fire department. I had the added hurdle that I was not a native speaker. After this ordeal, not only did I gain the support of other business owners, I became fluent in the language. I firmly believe that one’s greatest weakness can become your greatest strength.
The one unifying belief that gets me through these is if I am at the bottom, the only way to go is up. Obstacles can bring us to the brink of disaster, but once we think, fight or work our way through them, they bring out our finest qualities. These are the five strategies that many successful people have applied to their physical, mental, and financial obstacles.
1. Set goals
2. Stay positive
3. Don’t make comparisons
4. Find solutions for overcoming obstacles
5. Don’t give up!
As one of the early Optimists, Christian Larson said: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you greater than any obstacle”.
Cynthia has a passion for art and science. Her background and travels have given her a unique perspective. A lifelong artist, she has studied architecture, art, and design in addition to her degrees in research and business. She has been living the entrepreneurial life.