What is Obstacle?
Obstacles are the types of situations, limitations, incidents or difficulties which resist our free flowing towards our goal or success. The funny thing is that, when we reach our goal, we sees our obstacles as challenges because those did not obstruct us. We say some incidents or some of our limitations as obstacles when we fail to reach our goal or fulfil our desires. In another way, when we have a strong determination of success and have the confidence to reach our goal, we see those types of difficulties as our challenges. We see those obstructions as obstacles when we have a lack of confidence. So, it’s clear that challenges relate to success and obstacles relates to failure. But, wise people often say that failures are the stepping stone to success.
Why we have to face obstacles?
One can get this answer either after overcoming it or after not overcoming it. Think about an electrical resistance in a circuit, which is used to resist the flow of electric current. Resistance is used to prevent the short circuit or damage in the circuit. If the current is not flowing in the circuit properly, short circuit happens.
The Same concept is applied in life circuit also. Life will be beautiful when the life energy flows properly in a life-circuit. Obstacles come into our lives to resist wasting of our life energy or to make us slow. We are always desirous. We always need more. We don’t know where should we stop or where should we start. We decide our path by seeing other rather than hearing our inner voice. So, life creates a mechanism to resist us from our unnecessary desires or to teach us important lessons by bringing the obstacles as resistance into our life-circuit. So, obstacles relate to positivity. Positivity doesn’t mean success. Positivity means continuing life with a positive thought.
How to deal with obstacles?
When an obstacle comes to your life, you might not be aware of its true purpose. You might not know whether it comes to you to stop you or to take a test of your determination. So, you have to fight against your obstacles. Three things need to fight against the obstacles.
- Courage: Courage helps you to see the obstacle as your challenge.
- Determination: A strong determination of reaching your goal at any cost helps you to sustain in the struggle against the obstacle.
- Confidence: It comes from the hard work towards the goal. It increases the courage and accept challenges.
In spite of performing these three actions, if one fails to reach his or her goal, it means he or she is obstructed by the natural resistance of life. Then, one needs to do a deep analysis about his her goal and the obstacle too.
How to analyze the obstacles?
This analysis is based on Q & A session between you and yourself. First, you have to ask yourself about your goal like this way. You can add more questions with as per your concern.
- Think once, is your desire worthy or not?
- Do you really want to reach that goal or you wished to fulfil some other’s expectations?
- Do you have really need what you desired?
- Do you have any other dream?
Now, learn from the obstacles by doing another Q & A session between you and yourself.
- How the obstacles come in your way?
- Have you ever thought about these difficulties?
- Have you fought enough against these difficulties?
- Are the difficulties are so hard that cannot be overcome?
- What lessons have you learned by handling these difficulties?
- Do the obstacles indicate some other way?
In this way, by repetitive questioning and answering will help you to know the obstacle well and find out the reasons behind the failure.
Why obstacles act as a true guard of our life-circuit?
Every obstacle has a particular purpose. We always condemn that “because of these obstacles, I can do that or because of these obstacles I have to stop” like complaints. But, if we analyze the cause of the obstacles, we can find out the purpose of our life. Let me tell a real story shortly to describe it well.
This is the story of my sister. She was a very good student throughout her student life. But, she had no ambition. Whatever comes in her way, she achieved that. She lived in an imaginative world where she dreamt of a loving and caring boyfriend, who will come into her life with an ocean of love. Yes, she got such boyfriend in real life. Her dream was fulfilled. But, she realized the first obstacle in her free flowing life, when her boyfriend left her just before a week ago of her marriage because of a simple family issue. Second, when her Ph.D. project was stopped in the middle by some issues in project authority boards. She went for a job. Her company was closed by some illegal disputes. She found another job. Then she had to shift her city because her new fiancé, who was living in another city. She had left that job. She lost her hope when her new fiancé cheated on her. In this way, her life was continuing with so many obstacles. She went into a phase of severe depression. After a long time (close to 5 years) when we met each other, she turned into a well-known singer of the cultural industry. I was astonished to see her in this position because we know that she can sing, but she had no dream to become a singer.
When we met, as a story lover, I asked her the mystery of this unbelievable transformation. She told me that the mysteries were hidden in her all obstacles. Obstacle guides her to choose singing, which might be her purpose of life, by closing all the doors of distractions.
Roles of obstacles in life?
- Obstacles maintain our life circuit by balancing the flow of life.
- Obstacles save us from distractions.
- Obstacles save our energy for using in future to fulfil our purpose in
- Obstacles close all prospective doors of life to open the door of our actual purpose.
We should keep in mind that challenges are not obstacles. So, when any difficulty comes to your life, try to treat it as a challenge and fight hard against that. If you fail, you can tell it as obstacles. Don’t be upset about it or do not think that you are unfortunate. Your fortune is hidden in your obstacles. Try to understand the obstacles and think about again your goals or desires. It helps you to find your purpose in life. The sleepless obstacles are always protecting you from distractions and guiding you to reach at your true destination.