Objectives Versus Obstacles

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Barbara Wentroble

Focus on your objectives and not your obstacles. Most people look at situations from a negative vantage point. ·   

  • What if something bad happens?
  • Will I have enough money to do this?
  • How will I get this done?

Looking at the difficulties causes people to be problem oriented rather than goal oriented.  It is easy to get hung up on the obstacles along the way and lose the joy of accomplishing the goal. Some of the obstacles may only be the imagination of problems and not the reality of the situation. 

President John F. Kennedy was a man who overcame many obstacles in life. While he was on active duty in the Pacific, the Japanese destroyed the boat under his command. Despite a back injury, he showed great heroism in rescuing his crew. Kennedy once said “A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

Do what you must do. Do it in spite of the obstacles on your path.

  • What if something good happens?
  • What if you locate enough money to finish the task?
  • What if you find yourself accomplishing something you never thought you could do?

Keep a positive viewpoint and you’ll achieve your goals despite the obstacles designed to hinder you.

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