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Have I written about obstacles before?
I think I have ... but that doesn't mean it's a issue I should stop talking about, you see, I have had many obstacles to overcome in my life (as do many people), and it's taken a lot of creative thought and get up and go to just tackle them head on.
This post is going to be a little bit different, it will be exploring a certain concept. This concept you ask?
"The Dream Is Bigger Than Any Obstacle" - TWEET THAT!
There is a story that I tell in my talks that illustrates this concept perfectly.
When I was 13 I decided that I wanted to swim at the 2000 Paralympic Games. It was my ultimate dream of success, to swim at my home games. So I started training and then got to the point where I had to enter my first BIG swimming competition. It was the Disabled Swimming NSW Championships. I had put my name down for a few races, one of them being the 50m Breaststroke .... the problem is I'm absolutely rubbish at breaststroke.
I lined up for the 50m Breaststroke race, nervous, trembling, and faint. The starter set us,
I dove in for this 50m Breaststroke race, and then proceeded to swim front crawl.
It took me about ten metres of swimming the wrong stroke before I realised this massive error and quickly switched to the correct stroke. Humiliation was seeping into my bones already. Finishing the race I hauled myself out to face the official; and I was promptly disqualified.
Ever had that feeling of such deep deep embarrassment that all you want to do is run away and hide, live in a hermit cave, and never interact with society ever again?
That was me that day.
I was faced with a choice:
Do I run away, don't face my problem, give up my dream and live a humdrum life full of regret?
Do I stay, learn from my mistake, continue to follow my dream, and have the success I dreamt about?
AND this is the thing -
STAYING CAN BE THE HARDEST THING, LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES CAN BE THE HARDEST THING, BUT WHEN YOUR DREAM IS AT STAKE IT IS WORTH IT.
An obstacle can be a physical obstacle, it can also be a mental one, and more often the mental obstacles are the hardest ones to get over.
The answer is to take control of your responses and reactions and don't let the problem overwhelm you. Remember that that obstacle may only be in your life for the shortest of moments and therefore it would be a crime against yourself to let it derail your dreams.