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.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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