On Obstacles

The truth is, we need resistance. We need something to push back against. In fact, we thrive on it. As the legendary Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way."


Here are three reasons why obstacles can actually be a good thing:


1.) OBSTACLES FORCE US TO THINK DIFFERENTLY
When we face challenges head on, we force ourselves to find innovative solutions that we otherwise wouldn't have thought of. In fact, we often perform BETTER in the face of challenges. We rise to the occasion. And during this process, we also create value for others, even if it's just being a shining example of what's possible.
 

2.) OBSTACLES PROVIDE CLARITY
If you're unsure about what area of your life to focus on or what your next steps should be, start by identifying your biggest obstacle or disadvantage, then work on overcoming it. That's where you'll find the most excitement and satisfaction. When you have a clearly defined problem to deal with, as opposed to generalized anxiety or fear, the path you must take suddenly becomes much clearer.
 

3.) OBSTACLES ARE OFTEN BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE
Think of all the times you've reflected on seemingly unfortunate events months or years after the fact and realized they were actually blessings in disguise. Why wait to do this retrospectively? Realize now that the problem in front of you might actually be the best thing for you.


A personal note: It was my own struggle with understanding and remembering certain personal development principles that compelled me to translate these concepts into clear and simple language to improve my own learning. This habit eventually led to the creation of @thinkgrowprosper, which has brought me a great deal of joy and satisfaction.


—Ruben Chavez