Obstacles, Opportunities in Disguise

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It’s 9 a.m. and you are racing to work again, pantyhose running, the mind reels with mounting responsibilities, you feel confined, trapped. Breathe, step back and think about this: our obstacles and problems, from the mundane to complex, are opportunities in disguise.

Last week when I interviewed Pebbles Armwood, fellow blogger and mental fitness advocate she said something which resonated: “perception is reality.” Wow. Talk about an aha moment, and apt reminder about the power of attitude.

Carolyn Malachi, one of my favorite artists insists on her song, “Free Your Mind”: “Wherever you are, your mind put you there.” This is no easy lesson; it means you and I must begin the work of turning our issues backwards, and accept responsibility.

Are you frequently late? How could this be altered by practicing mindfulness, leaving ahead of time so that agitation and stress do not overtake you? Do you long to attend school, but feel there is little time to do so? Take one class, and begin looking for periods during the day when study time would work.

Turn your problems into solutions, your obstacles into opportunities. Here are two ways to begin:

1. Change your perceptions – You are not a hapless victim. Look at yourself differently; use affirmations, prayer and mediation.

2. Shift the Focus – My husband always reminds me to shift the focus. Instead of saying “this is impossible” and concentrating on the “problem”, actively look for a solution, shift your focus.

Think of a problem or obstacle. How can you turn it into an opportunity?

Speak to your Mountains

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Everyone of us is living with a mountain, a significant hurdle or obstacle. Where we differ is attitude. Does the mountain embolden you, fueling determination to rise above it, or stifle progress?

The bible says “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The genesis of progress evolves first within our minds, therefore the messages we tell ourselves internally have far reaching implications.

Begin speaking to your mountains – break down those pernicious obstacles one by one, instead of saying “I can’t” declare defiantly “I can.” As a child sometimes I would grow frustrated with small things, mumbling to myself, “I can’t do this,” and my father, in his encouraging way would say: “Take the word can’t out of your vocabulary.”

Affirmations might be dismissed by some as a “new-age hippie” panacea for lack of confidence, but immense power lies in the words we repeat to ourselves.
According to noomii, the professional coach directory using affirmations, defined as “words or phrases that evoke a positive state of mind,” is an age-old practice which is also rooted in science, also known as neuro-linguistic programming, essentially training your mind.

So, the next time negativity and self-depreciating thoughts spring forward push them back with affirmations and visualize yourself overcoming your dilemma with phrases such as:

Obstacles are opportunities in disguise.

There is nothing I cannot accomplish.

The word “can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary.

I am worth the life I seek.

My dreams can become a reality.

Let’s move mountains together. What affirmations will you begin saying daily?