An opportunity is defined as “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something” and an obstacle is “something that blocks one’s way or prevents/hinders progress.” (Oxford Languages)
When a new and difficult circumstance presents itself in your life, how do you immediately view it? Opportunity or obstacle?
The way we think about the circumstance becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, in other words… your thoughts will end up being your result.
For example, let’s say you get laid off from your job. Opportunity or obstacle?
Obstacle says “This is so unfair. I shouldn’t have been the one who had to leave. There must be something wrong with them, or me, or everyone. My whole world is falling apart. This is the end.” You become stuck is these negative spinning thoughts and can’t see a way out… so it then becomes an obstacle.
Opportunity says “There is a reason this happened, I wonder what it could be? What else can I accomplish? Maybe this is a good time to reinvent myself or try something else I’ve been wanting to do. I can meet new people and learn new skills. What is the next step I can take on my new path?” These kinds of thoughts help you create opportunity.
Which way sounds better to you? Which way will get you the result you want?
Next time something difficult comes up for you, I invite you to see how you can make it an opportunity. 💪
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