Have you ever reached a point in your life when you thought to yourself, “There’s got to be more in life for me”? Have you ever felt like there was more to your life at a particular moment or that you were supposed to be at a certain level in a certain area of your life? The truth is that such moments have the potential to give you an opportunity to grow. However, if you do not pay close attention to them you will miss the opportunity to increase and grow.
OBSTACLES: Momentary challenges
At any moment when you feel like there is more to who, what, or where you are, you may be experiencing obstacles that seem to hold you back. It may even feel as if there is a cloud of limitation hanging over you, preventing you from moving forward. I want to encourage you not to take the bait; it’s a trap to force you to set a limit for yourself. These obstacles could be things that you have to deal with on a daily basis, but it’s your choice whether to use them to your advantage or allow them to take advantage of you.
Obstacles will likely incite fear inside of you, causing you to cave in and eventually stop dead in your tracks. And failure to take your limits off, will stunt your progress and increase in life.
COMFORT ZONES: Bad conditions for growth
It is not all the time that obstacles are holding you back. You might have developed the strength to conquer them, but perhaps, in your case, it is a sense of comfortableness, where you say to yourself, “I think I am doing well, so I will just coast and float here for a little while longer.” Anytime you take on this kind of attitude, your chance to grow and increase is suppressed, and a limit is set for how far you can go in life. Hardly anything grows in comfort zones. Those who cannot leave their comfort zone will never be able to grow to their fullest or maximum potential.
Our comfort zones set the limit for our lives. They box us in and keep us in a particular spot for the longest time until we find the grit to push ourselves out of them. So how well are you willing to grow beyond the limit?
So the question you must answer is how well you are willing to grow beyond the limit?
YOUR PERSPECTIVE: How you perceive what you see
First, examine this slide below:
Your point of view – how you perceive what you see – matters a lot. Obstacles may be momentary challenges, but they are also opportunities for growth and increase. But unless you see them that way, you will always be at a disadvantage. So in bringing these together, you can either view your obstacles as opportunities or limitations and when you see them as opportunities, they will motivate you to move out of your comfort zone, beyond your self-limitation and then you can conquer your fears.
Also, it is a fact that the more shots that you take, the more likely you are to hit the target; because, at every other try, you are able to make little changes, fine adjustments, before you try again. These little changes gravitate towards eventually hitting the target.
A friend once posed this question to me: “How do you eat an elephant?” To which he answered: “One piece at a time.” In other words, it is important to start with the lower risk scenarios and experiment with them. Take those little shots, those small chances and let them get you to a point where you will start taking on bigger risks. It is okay, even better, for you to try and fail, than to fear and not try at all, because you will always miss 100% of the shots you fail to take! Don’t be afraid to take risks.
In closing, whenever you find an opportunity for growth and increase, take your time to count the cost, plan, and then attack. Take your time but don’t wait too long to take your chances because opportunities are always fleeting (hence, they are called opportunities). At the end of the day, even if you fail at your attempts, you can still hold your head up high knowing that, at least, you gave it a shot. There is no harm in trying.
At the end of the day, even if you fail at your attempts, you can still hold your head up high knowing that, at least, you gave it a shot. There is no harm in trying. In fact, the more you try, the more you learn to take smarter and better risks, which would help you grow beyond your limitations and fear. So whether your fight is against obstacles or comfort zones, it is how you view them that matters, because to grow beyond your fear, you will have to face them squarely.