“What matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure.” – @ryanholiday from The Obstacle is the Way
As a business owner, you sign up to be in the obstacle business. Obstacles that test your resolve and your patience. Obstacles of theft and deceit. Obstacles of anxiety and stress. Obstacles of integrity. Obstacles of marketing budgets, cash flow, personnel decisions. Obstacles that make you question yourself.
What, you thought it would be easier?
But obstacles also allow us to test ourselves. To bring ingenuity and problem solving to the table. To show ourselves that we can conquer our fears and achieve things once just a dream. To learn to face challenges and handle adversity. To push ourselves to get better each day.
When facing an obstacle, you have two options. You can find a way under, over, around or through it. Or you can turn around and admit defeat.
Our obstacles are always going to be changing. Yesterday you had to cold call a prospect. Today you will have to handle a difficult customer. Tomorrow the water heater might burst and flood your office. It’s not the challenge that matters, but how we respond to its call.
You can tuck your tail and run away. That’s the easy thing to do.
Or you can decide that the obstacle is the way forward. You can decide to react with composure. To take a moment to size up your situation, draw up a plan and attack the obstacle with all your strength, energy, resourcefulness and resolve.
That is the only way forward. Not by cowering and hiding, but confronting obstacles directly.
What obstacles are you facing this week that you are working on overcoming?