Obstacles are a
normal part of life. There’s no point getting upset or frustrated about facing
challenges. As tempting as it might be to throw in the towel, you need to take
back control and focus your energy on getting through.
You always have a choice about how to deal with problems. Playing the victim and feeling powerless won’t get you anywhere. Learn from your challenges, and you can profit from them—use the learning to make sure you achieve your goals.
1. Get some distance
The first step in taking back your power is to step back from the obstacle. Go for a walk or do some exercise to burn off some of that emotional energy. You can then come back and look at the situation with calm and positive energy.
2. Make sure you get the right resources
Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can do a quick check of what you need to solve your problem. Do you need to buy in or learn new skills? Do you need more finances or different software? Get advice from a trusted buddy or mentor.
3. Change your perspective
When you’re in the middle of adversity, it can be hard to get a handle on what’s going on. Ask your colleague, mentor, friend, or trusted family member for their view on things. A fresh pair of eyes can give a different perspective and help open up different pathways for you.
4. Evaluate the situation
Even if it’s an issue where emotions are running high, try to be objective in evaluating the obstacles. See your problem as a stepping-stone to success and work out what you can learn from it. What needs to change to enable you to move on?
5. Stay focused
Try to stay calm and optimistic when you’re looking for a solution to your problem. A positive mindset sets you up for finding solutions rather than staying stuck in front of the obstacle. Keep your self-talk upbeat and know that you can do it.
6. Stay in a growth mindset
People who have a growth mindset expect change and expect to adapt to changing circumstances. They don’t see setbacks as failures but as prompts to change strategy. Continuous improvement means anticipating challenges and evolving all the time to get better at what you’re doing. It provides a flexible foundation for achieving goals and means you never need to be hindered by obstacles.