“What’s the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity?

Our attitude toward it.

Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an

J. Sidlow Baker

No matter how well you are already doing, there’s always a next level to reach – and every new level brings you new obstacles.


That doesn’t have to be a problem though. Obstacles have no power over you.


What turns them into problems are your attitude and beliefs about it.

Some people think that an obstacle is a sign to stop moving forward.

Others think that overcoming stumbling blocks is always hard work, and takes a long time.


Neither of these beliefs are true.


Obstacles are simply things you can experience whenever you grow, change or move forward in your business.


They can even open the door to great new opportunities.


These tips help you with that:


Tip #1: improve the quality of your questions


When we encounter an obstacle, we often ask questions like this:


  • Why is this happening (to me)?
  • Why can’t it ever be easy?
  • Why can’t I just be successful?
  • Why must everything be so hard?

It’s very human to ask questions like this. But they’re only making it worse!

Questions like these turn you into a victim and your obstacle into a powerful force that rules your business.


None of them empower you or bring you any closer to a solution. And they certainly don’t provide you with answers that help you move forward.

Ask yourself this instead:


  • How can I use this problem to empower myself?
  • What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
  • What would I do if I had no fears and no doubts?
  • How would ……. handle this? (Fill in the name of someone you admire and you think of as an excellent entrepreneur)


Tip #2: focus on your power


When we’re confronted with a problem, we tend to focus on the negative aspects of it. We think of all the reasons why this problem is a problem, and why it’s so hard for us to solve it.

That doesn’t help. It takes away your power.

Stop looking at reasons why it is so hard or scary or impossible for you to change it.

Focus on your ability to solve the issue instead.

And make a list of all the reasons why you CAN solve it.


“If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can’t.” Napoleon Hill


Tip #3: get out of the way


Usually we try to think our way out of a challenging situation. We think about solutions, strategies and plans. We think about the problem, what we can or cannot do and how difficult or frustrating it is.

We think think think think think….and get lost in our thoughts.


When you think too much, you disconnect yourself from anything that can help you.


You’re not open to see what’s right under your nose. You’re disconnected from your intuition and the nudges and winks the universe gives you.

You’ve closed the door to your creativity and ability to come up with weird and wonderful opportunities.


Get out of the way.


Take a walk. Do something fun. Sleep on it. Ask the universe to bring you a brilliant and easy solution – and Stop Thinking About It.


Make room for the solution to find YOU.


This week’s transformational action:


Describe your biggest obstacle in your business, and look it straight in the face.

Decide you will turn it into a powerful possibility, even if you don’t know how to accomplish that yet.

Then use the tips from this article to tackle and solve your problem.

(You CAN do that – just remember all the problems you once experienced and successfully solved.)

And who knows what wonderful opportunities and possibilities all of a sudden can come your way….


© 2013 Brigitte van Tuijl




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