One Proven Technique To Overcome Obstacles

Walls are made to fortify structures. To provide shelter from the elements and security when needed. But walls can be bad for all of us, too.

They can keep us from our goals. They can play havoc on our self-esteem just by the sheer height, width, and density of what they are made of. Physical walls can be eventually scaled, climbed or blown up. It just takes some work.

What about the ones we can’t see or hear? The ones that come in the form of negative words? Or dirty looks from those who don’t have our best interest in mind. Those walls I believe are the worst and take an emotional toll on us.

These invisible walls are always directly on our path to achievement. And many times we think that it’s easier to turn around and go the way we came. But not today. Today we destroy walls and any other obstacles in our path.

How do we do that? How do we figure out a way to overcome these formidable structures hindering from pursuing our greatness?

A mantra.

What is that you ask? Mantras were originally used in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Or simply a statement or slogan repeated frequently.

You see we can create our own mantras to help us through these difficult times. Something you can say to yourself when you come up against one of your walls or obstacles.

I grew up here in North Carolina for two years and finished high school about an hour from where I live now (Westover Wolverines!). But for the first eleven years of my military career I lived and worked all over the world and couldn’t get back to North Carolina. Well, I knew exactly why but I was in denial.

I need to jump out of airplanes. The U.S. Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations Forces call Fayetteville, North Carolina home I knew that I wanted to apart of one of these organizations one day before I retired. But to do that I had to conquer my fear of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
So the weekend before airborne school started I stumbled upon my mantra. It simply read:

                            Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.

I knew that the three-week airborne school was the obstacle. I knew that my fear of heights was the other. I knew that I just had to have faith in myself and my ability to accomplish this goal. I was physically fit but just needed to make sure my mental stated matched.

Every morning when I woke up at 4 a.m. I repeated my mantra the entire time to myself. Even on my walk to the school, which was about a five-minute walk from where I was living at the time. I would say my mantra under my breath when I felt my aching muscles from the day before’s grueling training.

When I completed the school three weeks later and my then young daughter (Hey Lucia!) pinned my airborne wings on me, I said it to myself again.

                                                  abn wings
Since that day in 2004, I have said that mantra to myself when times have gotten tough and presented its obstacles.  When it felt like the world was firmly planted directly on my shoulders.  It has gotten me through some tough times and allowed me see ways over, around and through some tough situations.
No matter what happens to us in life we are going to come upon obstacles in our path of life. We could choose to stand there or turn back around.  Or we could choose to go left, right, or straight through them.  But no matter what we have to keep moving and bypassing these obstacles.
Do you have a mantra that you say to yourself?
P.S.  How did you do last week on the One Word Challenge?  Did you find yourself using the word can’t any?

9 thoughts on “One Proven Technique To Overcome Obstacles

  1. My sister lives in Fayetteville! We got a chance to go to the Airborne Museum. It’s was really interesting. I have a fear of heights as well. I think it’s wonderful that you overcame your fear. I believe I’ll start making mantra’s for myself. Thank you for the inspiration

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