how to manage and cope with obstacles in life

Step Back Emotionally
When unexpected obstacles suddenly arise, it’s often easy to react emotionally to these unfortunate circumstances. However, emotional reactions are often not very productive, and more times than not they don’t help the situation. Instead, we must learn to step back from our emotions and see the situation from an external perspective — through logic and reason. It’s only when we choose to stay calm and collected, that we eventually grasp our circumstances from an intellectual perspective. We then begin to identify the true relevance and significance of the events that have taken place.

Gain Necessary Resources and Support
At times we simply do not have the necessary resources to help us deal with the situation at hand. In such instances, we must question what pieces of the puzzle we are currently missing, and then look for the necessary tools, strategies, knowledge and the support we need to help us overcome these obstacles effectively.

Acquire Different Perspective
Sometimes obstacles are only as real as we make them out to be. In fact at times obstacles are simply misunderstandings and generalizations that we have made about circumstances. At other times, obstacles are only as real as the assumptions that are clouding our vision.

To begin shifting your perspective, start by viewing your predicament from another person’s perspective. Alternatively, you can use a plethora of framing and reframing techniques that will help you shift how you think about your predicament.

Seek Guidance
Often the answers we need to help us overcome the obstacles we face can be found when we take the time to talk to other people. In fact, without your knowledge, many people might have already dealt with and successfully overcome the circumstances you find yourself in today. You must therefore seek out mentors, life coaches or experts to help you find the answers you need to move yourself forward toward the attainment of your goals.