Updated: Oct 24, 2019
I read this quote recently -
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”
It’s one I keep in my little arsenal of wisdom. Those treasures you read back on and everything falls back into focus.
I barely think this point needs much expansion, really: its pretty self explanatory. When you forget what your goals are and where your dreams and designs are leading you, its easy to get distracted and let setbacks and negative comments and missed opportunities get to you.
They can take little tiny chinks out of your armour, one by one, if you let them. Don’t.
Focus on that prize at the end with a steely gaze and do not let anyone or anything take that out of your reach! Planning something big, and special, will give you the focus and determination to plough through the mundanity of everyday life on those days when it all seems too much.
One trick I deploy when life starts to swallow me, and I’m feeling like I’m not moving ahead or progressing, is to try ultra hard to turn that thought around into gratitude. Sometimes foussing on what we're thankful for will help us stop spinning, long enough to focus on things that seem beyond our reach.
Also, know this. There will always be people in the world who like to see other people fail, and who will give every ounce of their energy to try and trip you over on your path to glory. Whatever. You got this far without them right? And go further you will, if you keep your eye on the prize and your mind on the game.
Kick the haters to the kerb. Better still - use their negativity as a springboard to make you better.
Don’t worry so much about the setbacks.
Missed an opportunity and taking it personally? Look at how you could have done things better to prevent that from happening - I guarantee you will turn that negative circumstance into an area for improvement, which will ultimately make you better and stronger and more fierce at what you do.