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#109: Obstacles

Friday, October 16, 2009

How do you handle obstacles and respond to setbacks?

Do you surrender to the situation or do you re-group, adjust your thinking and persevere?

Let's look at a perhaps typical day. You hit the snooze button and oversleep by 15 minutes. You don't call in sick to work, do you?

On your drive to work a traffic light turns red. You don't turn around and go back home, do you?

At work, your supervisor rejects an idea of yours. You don't quit your job, do you?

On the way home you stop for groceries and after filling a shopping cart you learn the store is out of one item you wanted. You don't park your cart and head to the parking lot empty-handed, do you?

Leaving the store you run into a traffic backup. You don't abandon your car and walk away, do you?

You get home and see that the kids have made a mess of the house. You don't give the kids away (as much as you'd like to sometimes) or immediately sell the house, do you?

It's time for bed and you reach to set the alarm for the next day. Remembering the snooze alarm that lead to your oversleeping that morning, you don't throw the alarm in the trash, do you?

We overcome obstacles every day and normally do not think twice about our actions to adjust to these hindrances of life, do we?

So we overeat one day, or do not exercise, do we then quit our program? Of course not. We pick ourselves up and begin anew.

Don't be discouraged if every day isn't a perfect one. Understand that they are typical. Perfect days are rare and are to be treasured.

Obstacles? Overcome, adjust, adapt.

It's the way of life.
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    4046 days ago
    We do overcome many obstacles in our lives. We shouldn't beat ourselves up for a bad eating day. Just get back on track the next day, and it's all good.
    4154 days ago
    Good blog. Makes sense to me.
    4154 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Thank you !!! Those obstacles need to be locked up out of site out of mind . LOL Hope you have a great weekend. God bless. emoticon No obstacle is too big to overcome !!!
    4154 days ago
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    4154 days ago
    Thank you, Lou. It does make a lot of sense. I have been thinking along these same lines all week long.
    4154 days ago
    I am learning to be more flexible and to get away from all or nothing mentality. It is possible to change our attitudes but not easy.

    When my children were young I had a very structural life and it suited my needs at the time , but as we get older our needs change and we must learn to adapt. I find letting go of old ways of doing things hard but not impossible. Sometimes I am too hard on myself and I have to tell myself to lighten up. Joy
    4154 days ago
    Excellent blog! I read somewhere recently, if you get a speeding ticket, you don't spend the rest of the day breaking every traffic law, do you? So if you eat a piece of pizza, don't eat the entire pizza, either!
    4154 days ago
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    This is so helpful for my all or nothing tendencies. Thanks.
    4154 days ago
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