I posted this blog post a few years ago but I thought it was very relevant for today. Finding opportunities where one might see an obstacle takes work. Like exercise staying positive is a daily choice….. So here’s the post!
In the last week or so the topic of seeing opportunities were there are obstacles has been a common thread in many of my discussions whether with clients, friends or even myself. I have been dealing with some back problems…. knowing full well the connection to running a business and my lower back…. but as I lie here on my back I ask myself, What is my opportunity? And it is so clear… Slow down and the number one thing… Be gentle. Be kind. We all have obstacles that come up whether they are work related, relationship related or pretty much anything you can see but instead of getting stuck in the quagmire of the conflict ask yourself, What’s my opportunity? We are always given the chance to learn and grow and the possibilities that come from the openness of a positive outcome far out reach the unhealthy mindset of getting stuck in the problem.
Case in point, I have what we think is a pinched nerve in my back… not a herniated disc but more than a pinched nerve. (It turned out to be an extruded disc and i had surgery) That being said I’m on my back most of the day. Now for a woman who is EXTREMELY active this could be not such a good thing… I chose to see my opportunity because we always get more of what we focus on. And I for one am not focusing on the obstacle!
So I ask you Where might you be seeing obstacles and can reframe them into Opportunities?