Preface & Introduction

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius

People often see an obstacle as a problem, but everything depends on our perception. We can decide if an obstacle limits us or if it is an opportunity. Obstacles force us to act with or practice some virtue like patience, courage, or creativity.

In fact, many obstacles can be seen as only some disadvantages. We do not suffer hunger or war but exaggerate our less-than-favorable conditions into big things. We complain that we are too short, too old, too poor, but what we are really missing is the proper attitude and approach.

When an obstacle appears many people, instead of acting, do nothing and only complain about it. They blame others for the situation but do not see that they could change it if they acted. Whenever we are faced with an obstacle we have a choice - we can let it block us, or we can overcome it and learn something from it in the process. Like oxygen to a fire, obstacles can be the fuel to our blaze.

We have to remember that the solution to our obstacles is not only to be positive and think that others are in a worse situation. The way is to see the obstacle reasonably, to not be afraid of confronting it, and to act.

Overcoming obstacles requires three steps: Perception, Action, and Will. This is a simple process but not easy. We can, however, learn how to do it.

Actions to take

Principles to follow