What Is An Obstacle?
The underpinnings and support you build for yourself when you begin to implement change in your life are first challenged and often thwarted by what we perceive as obstacles that get in the way of our transition. If you can become aware of these obstacles, you give yourself the permission to change the meaning of the very obstacle(s) that stand in your way. Begin by redefining the word “obstacle”:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. . . the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. . . they’re there to stop the ‘other’ people.”
Randy Pausch Carnegie Mellon Professor author of “The Last Lecture”
3 Common Types Of Obstacles
In Susan Hanshaw’s “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” Phase 3 “Breaking Through Fear” contains a very important tool when considering your obstacles: Step 8 “Define What Lies Between You And Change.” Common types of obstacles to change:
1. Fears: Your thoughts about your ability to successfully create change
2. Limited Beliefs: What you think you are capable of acheiveing or becoming
3. Lack of Commitment: Not being completely dedicated to the work involved with the necessary steps
Accountability for your actions and efforts is the ultimate responsibility we all have to ourselves.
“We can commit to becoming accountable and responsible to our jobs-careers, to our familiy and friends, yet we often don’t make that same commitment to ourselves.”
Susan Hanshaw Founder Inner Architect and author Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live