We tend to look at obstacles from a negative perspective. After all, isn’t that why we call them obstacles? They are things that get in the way of progress. They are things that interfere with where we want to go.
Fashion leader and designer, Cynthia Rowley, provides a refreshing reminder on how we should view obstacles (Kris Frieswick “The Art of Business: The Legend and the Superstar Talk about Work, Design, and Viewing Failure as a Gift” Inc., October 2014, pp. 62–66):
“If there is an obstacle that takes you in a different direction, that means you think about something in a way you never would have thought of before.” (p. 66)
Shouldn’t we always value new insights? If so, then we should look at every obstacle as an empowering opportunity. While the obstacle itself might be frustrating and painful, it definitely provides an open door to tremendous new insights. If you embrace that open door, then it will force you to think about something in a way you never would have in the past. That alone can be the revelation you need.