Overcoming Obstacles by Reframing Them
Written by Tricia Moore

We can either see obstacles as roadblocks to our goals that stop us from moving forward or as signposts that point us in a new direction and encourage us to keep going. How can we overcome obstacles and use them to become stronger and wiser? Let’s reframe how we view the “obstacle.”

Every obstacle is an opportunity to turn what’s in the way, to the way. A mountain is no longer an obstacle when climbing to the top is the main objective. See obstacles as a way to rise above life’s challenges and gain additional insight. Maybe the path warrants a shift, allow the shift and evaluate

“It is by overcoming obstacles that you develop new skills and new ways of handling what the rest of your life has in store for you.”  – Anonymous

The Obstacle is the Way

An obstacle on your path can seem daunting at first but when you turn what’s IN the way to THE way, you’ll discover a blessing in disguise. In retrospect you’ll understand how overcoming the obstacle provided a new direction to reach your goal. 

Be Present and Open

A challenge can either be an obstacle that knocks you down or a chance to rise above it even stronger. Too much past and future thinking can be an obstacle to the present. Be right here, right now, and you’ll overcome worry and doubt. Train with your community, train on Zoom if that’s best with the Holidays, outside if that is more fun, in private if you feel safer, but know we are here to support you as you evolve. And, honor the movement you can perform. Injury and life have a way of knocking you down. And, as you evolve and stand back up you will be a better athlete and person for having gone through the experience.

No Limits

A limiting belief about yourself is an inner obstacle that can feel like you’re carrying a heavy weight. Once you bring a false belief into the light to be examined, you can change it to a more empowering one and release the weight of the old belief that was holding you back from reaching your full potential. Ask yourself, “Is this belief serving me?” And, “What would be possible if I didn’t believe that?”

Be at Peace Alone

If you’re relying on other people to make you happy then other people can also become an obstacle to your happiness. Being responsible for your own happiness is a source of freedom because it allows you to be in charge of how you feel.  

Fear is OK, Trust in YOU

Fear can be an obstacle that appears larger than it is. If fear gets in the way use it as an opportunity to strengthen your intuition. When you trust your soul to guide you, fear is free to go. 


When Thomas Edison was watching a spectacular fire burn down his plant with much of his life’s work, he told his son to go get his mother and bring friends to the property because they would never get to see a fire like this again. He vowed that although he was 67 years old he would start all over again the next day. Which he did. He looked at the ruins and said, “There is great value in disaster. All of our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” 

During the fire Edison noticed that the firefighters had a loss of power and light. As a result he invented the portable searchlight. He knew how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity. It’s simply a matter of perception. 

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