It would be lovely to think that you will be able to achieve all your goals without coming up against any obstacles. Sadly, life is not like that. Obstacles are always there. The trick is to get over them and keep the momentum going in the right direction.
Using my own experience, as well as some judicious internet research, I have come up with some methods of helping get over the obstacles that inevitably appear in front of you. There are enough of them for two blog posts, so the first part it today, and the second part will appear tomorrow.
The first important thing is to ask questions to understand the problem. That is all than an obstacle is. It is not something personally put in your way by fate or God, but it is just a problem which needs a solution. So ask questions of yourself or of others to get to the root of what the problem is. For example, your goal is to lose weight. You have reached a plateau and your weight is not shifting. The best way is to begin to ask yourself what, why or how your weight loss has stalled. Is it you have turned down the amount of exercise? Are you eating the wrong things? Have you sneaked a few treats and not counted it in your calorie limits? Are you just bored to tears of eating what is on your plan and need to shake things up a bit? If you can answer these questions, then you are on your way of getting the answers you need.
Second, you need to think logically. This is not necessarily as easy as it sounds, as what you think is logical might not be logical to someone else. You might need to bounce some ideas off of someone else, but the key is that you look at what the problem is and achieve a conclusion that provides a logical solution. Now, while you are thinking logically, you also need to keep your emotions in check. It might be that you are incredibly annoyed at yourself for eating more than you are allowed to on your diet, and you might want to howl in frustration, but keep those emotions at bay. There is no point getting upset. Divorce your emotions while tackling the obstacle.
While attacking the obstacles, make sure you stay focussed on the positives and not the negatives. The more you dwell on the negatives, the more likely you are to get bogged down in them. If you remain positive, you might eventually be able to see the wood for the trees.
The next important thing to keep in mind is to take bite sized chunks out of the obstacle. The problem with having a huge challenge is that you have no idea how you are going to attack it. Breaking it into smaller chunks and doing those makes it more achievable and less frightening. This is the bit I am worst at. I always get overwhelmed because I keep looking at the big picture.
And I guess, the most important thing is never, ever, ever give up. Tenacity and resilience can sometimes be tested to the limit, but you need to keep going in order to achieve what you want to. Regardless of what is coming at you.
Continuing this topic tomorrow…